USA: Dr. Martin L. King Day

The Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day was enacted by the US Congress (legislative body) to honor the legacy of the assassinated civil rights and equality rights activist. The social justice movement led by Rev. Dr. King was infamous for its nonviolent and peaceful protests. Congress chose the date of Dr. King’s birthday for the holiday. A subsequent congressional act determined the official holiday observance to be the third Monday during January, annually.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was actually born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the son of Reverend Michael J. King, Sr, and Alberta Williams King. In 1934, after attending the Baptist World Alliance conference in Germany, the elder Rev. King had both his and his minor son’s names legally changed to Martin Luther in honor of the German protestant Christian reformer.

A notable quotation by the Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

In his public life, Dr. King was a noted clergyman and committed pacifist who was openly opposed to the US involvement in the South Vietnamese war. He was also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Award.

The period in American history to which Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., was born, grew up and lived through will forever be notorious for it’s cruelty, inequality, terror and violence inflicted upon the persons of color (African-Americans, Indigenous people/Native American and Hispanic-Americans). The USA – the “cradle of democracy” -recognized and sanctioned, either legally or by practice, the reality of segregation (separation based on race).

This widespread discrimination forced millions of persons born in the USA to suffer the acceptable consequences of “second-class” citizenship (or worse). This enabled Caucasian Americans to qualify for exemplary status in benefits, education, living and working while the same was denied to all of the nonwhite population. Thus, democracy and freedom was available only to white Americans.

Managing to survive in such a restricted environment enabled Dr. King to recognize the inequalities and unfairness of the American system and this knowledge guided him into a leadership position to combat injustice. From early on, he admired and understood the religious belief and teachings of nonviolence and respect and he adopted these principles in this activism. The system made him suffer. His suffering made made the system insufferable.

Dr. King promoting income guarantees.

Dr. King gained international recognition as he initiated boycotts, demonstrations and protests over the prevalent “Jim Crow” laws (official enactments that mandated segregation and seriously restricted the civil rights of nonwhite Americans) across the southern USA (the old confederacy) and beyond. These actions led to decisions and legislation to enact equality not only in the southern states but throughout the entire USA. He soon became known as a widely controversial yet very popular social and political activist. At the same time, he became famous and respected on the world stage as a global humanitarian, devoted to the improvement of the “quality of life” for everyone.

Martin L. King’s advocacy for civil rights expanded to include social justice for all Americans, regardless of their racial identification and/or ethnic heritage. At a time when the USA was increasing involvement in southeast Asia’s Vietnam War, he used his commitment to the strategy of nonviolent dissension and protest to become a proponent of a peaceful solution to the conflict. His combination of his public activism and his religious values enhanced his role in the eventual US withdrawal from military engagement in the Vietnamese civil war.

March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs

The Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., orchestrated the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) dominant role in the historical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom which occurred on Sunday, August 28, 1963. He also delivered the keynote address at that event in what has since become as his “I have a dream…” speech.

Although not his most eloquent public pronouncement, the achievements (at that time, the largest attended gathering in Washington, DC) and the reality (first protest broadcast nationally on television) have made his remarks his most well-known public speech. His delivery of this address was both heartfelt and spontaneous. He actually began his intended speech but was soon inspired to discard his notes and delivered this message instead.

This demonstration, in the August humidity and sunshine, was historical as at the time it was held, it became the largest event to ever happen on the National Mall. Official attendance estimates of the audience reached 120,000. The actual event itself was peaceful and without a major incident. Most broadcast and print journalists had projected violent episodes throughout the day. Dr. King’s charisma and influence were attributed to the overall “American” success of the entire day. His admiration and respect from white people soared after this day, gaining for him a following that was no longer limited by racial identity.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was brutally assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee, on the evening of April 4, 1968. He was in Memphis in support of striking sanitation workers. He was buried in Atlanta, Georgia (his birthplace) following a public state funeral on April 7, 1968. His remains were reinterred in the Martin L. King, Jr, Memorial Park in 2011.

He was survived by his wife, Coretta Scott King and their four children, Yolanda, Martin L. III, Dexter Scott and Bernice.

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. funeral procession

Entrance to the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial Park, National Mall, Washington, DC

The Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial, National Mall, Washington, DC

It is both ironic and poignant that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, located on the National Mall, Washington, DC, is the first national monument to an African-American was dedicated by the first African-American elected as president, President Obama, in 2011.

Dr. Martin L. King’s Achievements:

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Co-Founder, 1957; President until death

March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs

Principal organizer and keynote speaker, August 28, 1963

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

received from His Majesty, King Gustaf VI Adolph of Sweden

October 14, 1964

Posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom

received from President Jimmy Carter

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Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Friday, January 22, 2021 and the proposed topic is January Occasions.

Renewed ReNude Pride!

Author’s Note: Handshaking – an often used gesture of goodwill where two or more individuals acknowledge one another – may soon disappear from our accepted custom of “good manners.” Too many pathogens are transmitted by this futile direct contact that in no way assures anyone of a guarantee of health, safety, support and/or respect.

As same gender loving (bisexual or gay) men, both Aaron, my spouse, – in encouragement and support – and I remain firmly committed and dedicated to maintaining ReNude Pride as a celebration of not only same gender love but also our lives as bare practitioners (naturists or nudists). For health and safety reasons during this current coronavirus crisis, we endorse the wearing of facemasks to reduce the risks of COVID-19 (an airborne infection) transmission. However, facemasks are the only body coverings that we recommend!

Bare practitioners are, for the most part, advocates and enthusiasts to the philosophy of clothes-freedom and covering-freedom. We strongly adhere to the practical ideal of living our lives, as much as possible, with no concealment of any part of our body. In other words, we enjoy life as naturally as we are able, especially in these days of social distancing.

My spouse and I are both “huggers.” We gladly embrace new acquaintances as well as lifelong family and friends. This tradition may be based as much by our same gender loving nature as well as our bare practitioner nature. Neither one of us were raised by our parents to be shy or uncomfortable in giving a brotherly embrace (hug) as a gesture of affection, respect and support.

As a biracial (mixed races) married couple, we are occasionally asked which aspect of our lives do we consider the most dominant – our being gay or our being nudist. Up until we met one another, my reply was always predictable, “both aspects are equally important.” I distinctly remember the very first time that question was posed to both Aaron and myself. It was the night that we initially met one another. We’d been engaged in a lengthy conversation together for most of the evening using American Sign Language (ASL).

Without a moment’s pause, my future (now current) husband, Aaron, shared his own opinion: “We are a very unique pair. He’s Deaf, Greek, same gender loving and a nudist. I’m hearing, an Afro-Canadian descendent of American slavery, same gender loving and a nudist. For us, together, being gay and a nudist is a single unifying factor as opposed to being separate competing factors.”

Thank you, Aaron, for your eloquence and your honesty!

In previous postings here on ReNude Pride, I’ve often written and expressed my preference for the utilization of same gender loving (SGL) rather than the labels “bisexual” or “gay.” I also prefer the designation bare practitioner instead of the labels “naturist” or “nudist.” Frequently, the “bisexual,” “gay,” “naturist” and “nudist” labels themselves invoke negative or stereotypical connotations that we can all do without.

For this reason, I use bare practitioner to denote all SGL and clothes-freedom advocates, believers and participants combined.

An openly proud bare practitioner visibly brandishing his true nature!

There is simply no need to be consistently redundant and repetative when one label or term can encompass us all.

The less-than-positive attitudes that these labels create is by no means restricted to the heterosexual and/or textile (clothes wearing) communities. Similar reactions to those labels occur within our own cultures as well.

The term, bare practitioner, is a remarkably sexually-neutral and nonjudgmental expression that fortunately causes little or no reaction whatsoever when defining our cultural identity or in describing who we are essentially as a person. Bare practitioner sums it up nicely and as an added bonus – it can be used virtually “baggage-free” (no burdens to bear)!

Aaron and Roger’s joint emblem

Posted above is the image that Aaron and I use to symbolize us as an interracial married couple. It clearly depicts two men embracing together with our differing ethnic/racial reality shown. The background features the rainbow flag. It is truly a visual testament of our proud and shared bare practitioner nature!

In the process of determining a gravatar (symbol) for ReNude Pride, the above image was our “second choice” favorite. That process compelled us to implement this graphic as our joint emblem.

ReNude Pride official gravatar (symbol)

Now is the good opportunity to remind all readers here of the gravatar (symbol) representing ReNude Pride. The gravatar visually serves as a signature substitute indicating endorsement. It consists of a pair of bare buttocks in honor of the value of nakedness/nudity in our lives. The image is enclosed inside the outline of a triangle adorned in the colors of the rainbow flag signifying the value of same gender love in our lives. Thus the gravatar is emblematic of the essence of being a confident and proud bare practitioner!

Have a wonderful bare practitioner day!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next posting here is planned for Monday, January 18, 2012, and the proposed topic is USA: Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Day.

Perseverance!

Aaron, my spouse, and I have, thus far, been fortunate enough to maintain our “infection-free” status and, more importantly, our bromance (same gender loving brotherhood + romance = bromance) during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is affecting our human species. We both recognize and understand that surviving in the situation that we are all confronting in our daily lives is equally celebratory and challenging. The celebratory is our strengthened commitment and love. The challenge is making it through yet another day – intact and together.

At this time, I sincerely offer an apology to everyone for my 6 month lapse in posting here. The combination of the massive mandatory quarantine, evolving professional concerns and obligations to my students and my marital duties and responsibilities to Aaron didn’t allow me ample time to focus on ReNude Pride and composition.

Emotionally. mentally and physically, I was ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with all the ensuing chaos and confusion.

A belated and “happy new year” wish is offered to everyone following, reading or visiting here! As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to influence all of our lives, I am finally able to schedule some time and energy into once again writing here although not as regularly as I have done in the past. However, I do feel with the modifications in my teaching schedule at my university, I am now able to publish at least one posting per week unless this epidemic requires otherwise. Like all of humanity, hope is eternal in the prospect of emerging unscathed from this disease!

Now that we are officially into one full week of the new year, Aaron joins with me in wishing all of you our very best!

Naked hugs!

Roger, ReNude Pride

June Gallery: Bare Pride Month

The Stonewall Inn riots happened in New York City during June, 1969 – for many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) people, that event led to the modern growing trend towards the equality of GLBTQ populations all over the world. Although many of our community are still awaiting for their complete freedom from oppression, the New York City riots indeed created a recognition of our struggle for human rights. The”rainbow flag” is considered by all to represent our struggle.

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Bottoms-Up! May, 2020

My spouse, Aaron, and I thoroughly love to appear publicly with our hands resting on one another’s buttocks. It is our fondness for sharing our comfort and our intimacy with our bodies. For this month’s Bottoms-Up! entry, Aaron did suggest an alternate title for this posting: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Kiss My Buttocks! That remains the unofficial title of this particular entry.

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USA: Memorial Day Holiday

The Memorial Day holiday is the day in the USA that is officially observed in honor of all of the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the defense of this country. It is also celebrated here as the unofficial beginning of the Summer Season – the time of outdoor pleasure and play for the bisexual and the same gender loving (gay) naturist and nude communities.

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Relaxed Protocols

As the quarantines and other guidelines and recommendations surrounding the coronovirus epidemic are being relaxed in various countries, everyone is cautioned not to expect an automatic “return to normalcy” in our daily lives. The viral infection hasn’t disappeared or even been completely eradicated. Transmission remains a very real possibility and there exists no known vaccine or cure.

For all of us bare practitioners (bisexual and gay naturists and nudists), maintaining a respectful distance and other safe practices are highly encouraged! The reality of a secondary wave of infection remains a valid concern.

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride

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Bare Dreams!

From the days of being forced, due to health concerns, of being confined inside, both because of disease prevention issues and weather comfort, to the fast approaching days of outdoor freedom because of the seasonal transition, a happier future is hopefully forthcoming for us all! Dreams of being one again outside and naked with friends are soon upon us!

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Coronavirus 2 Fault

A brief explanation for the disruption in publication of ReNude Pride. The global pandemic of the coronavirus and the adjustments to our lives as a result is the reason for the interruption of this site. The protocols in place for public health and safety have made the weekly publishing of this blog impossible at this time. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has created.

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First FULL Day of Spring, 2020!

The Northern Hemisphere’s Spring season officially began yesterday, March 19, at 11:50 p.m.! That makes today the official first full day of Spring, 2020! It will be a full 24 hours of the new season as of midnight tonight! For those living in the Southern Hemisphere, this is their first full day of Autumn, 2020! So no matter where anyone lives, a new season is now upon us all!

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