From JFK Glitz to MLK Gifts

Over the weekend I read a Vanity Fair article about the Kennedy Inaugural Gala, which took place 50 years ago on Wednesday, and Frank Sinatra’s orchestration of the event’s entertainment.

Image via NY Daily News

Image via Seattle Times

Amid tales of the glitz and glamour and celebrations of civil rights progress, the article carefully pointed out that…

“The one sour note at the rehearsals was the forced absence of Sinatra’s good pal Sammy Davis Jr., who had been banned from the proceedings on the orders of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy because of Davis’s recent marriage to the white Swedish actress May Britt.”

Images via Enterntainment First and IMDb

We’ve come a long way with race relations in five short decades, but it seems there is always further to go. So today, a gift idea in MLK’s honor: Stuff one of these mugs with pencils, pens and cute office supplies, hot cocoa and mints, or a pretty dish towel or t-shirt, and wrap it all up with some tissue paper and curly ribbon, and you’ve got a simple, meaningful, and festive gift. The proceeds from the items below go to MLK’s center to keep his work alive.

And here are some others that don’t donate proceeds, but still spread the dream.

Hope you are raising your coffee mugs to MLK today!


About Meg Davis Hely

I'm a New Jersey native who finds herself living in New England with a soft spot for presents, pretty things, and businesses that do good.
This entry was posted in Boy, Clothes, Drinks, Frank Sinatra, Girl, Her, Him, Home, Home Goods, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John F. Kennedy, Loretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Sammy Davis, Jr., The King Center. Bookmark the permalink.

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