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Former United States Senator Harris Wofford graduated from the University of Chicago and earned law degrees from the Howard University and Yale Law Schools. In 1949, he and his wife Clare had a fellowship to India the year after Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. Together they wrote the book India Afire. He became a champion of adding Gandhi's strategy to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, and is also the author ofOf Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties. He was an adviser to both Martin Luther King and John Kennedy. After helping Sargent Shriver plan and launch the Peace Corps, he served in Addis Ababa as Peace Corps Representative in Africa. President of two colleges, SUNY Old Westbury and Bryn Mawr College, Wofford later served as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and now advises the Franklin Project of the Aspen Institute.

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An American to Remember: Father Hesburgh of Notre Dame

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 2:22 PM

In 2007, on the 90th birthday of Father Theodore Hesburgh, the National Portrait Gallery acquired a photograph of the priest and university president holding hands with Martin Luther King, singing, "We Shall Overcome." It was taken at a controversial 1964 rally in Chicago after city and Church officials had refused...

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An American to Remember: Father Hesburgh of Notre Dame

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 12:24 PM

In 2007, on the 90th birthday of Father Theodore Hesburgh, the National Portrait Gallery acquired a photograph of the priest and university president holding hands with Martin Luther King, singing, "We Shall Overcome." It was taken at a controversial 1964 rally in Chicago after city and Church officials had refused...

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Gandhi's Challenge to India and America

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Last month, at the end of his successful first visit to the United States, Prime Minister Modi and President Obama together paid tribute to Martin Luther King at Washington's recently built memorial to the icon of American nonviolence. On his first day back in India, Gandhi's 145th birthday, Modi asked...

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National Service Now

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:51 AM

This week, we remember both the tragedy of 9/11 and the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. In the aftermath of 9/11, millions of Americans stepped forward to serve their country -- some in the military, others in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or the new Citizen Corps for disaster response, and many...

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JFK's Vision of Enduring World Peace -- That 50 Years Later Almost Everyone Missed

(11) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 9:37 AM

In the wake of the extraordinary media focus on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, and on the search to define his legacy, a significant element was overlooked: the story of a young congressman joining in a legislative initiative to advance no less than the solution to the problem...

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Back to Birmingham

(23) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Today, the 45-year anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., is a good time to remember the historic events in Birmingham that started 50 years ago in that city which became the crucible of the civil rights crusade King led in the middle of the 20th century.

And...

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Alan Khazei: The Best Person to Defeat Scott Brown

(26) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 10:10 AM

There's a lot of talk in Washington these days about the best person that Massachusetts Democrats can nominate to take on Republican Scott Brown in 2012. To my mind, the choice is clear, once you step outside the Beltway haze: the best choice is Alan Khazei. He was one of...

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Alan Khazei: A Great American Original for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts

(17) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 12:53 PM

For 21 years, since I first heard Alan Khazei outline his plans for City Year, a domestic peace corps, his achievements in citizen service have inspired me. After two decades they do so even more -- enough to get up at 4 a.m. last Thursday -- cheerfully -- to...

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Going Back to Grant Park

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 9:09 AM

Harold Meyerson's Oct 29 column in the Washington Post, "Return to Grant Park" persuaded me to go to Chicago for the election returns and the Return. I'm looking forward to being with colleagues of the campaign that I've worked with in ten states and at the Chicago headquarters, but I'm...

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