In 1965, Dr. King asked a crowd in Selma: How long? Obviously, the audience was lying when they retorted with him: Not long! Many years later, the arc of the moral universe is taking a bit too long to bend towards inclusiveness.
Of course there were defeats, and of course there was a long way to go, and of course there is still a long way to go. However, the New Deal and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt mark major accomplishments of liberal democracy in our quest for social justice.
Throughout much of her long life Mrs. Clark was often at odds with South Carolina leaders and made other enemies as she traveled throughout the Deep South pioneering literacy and citizenship education for black Americans.
As the demographics in the United States evolve, we as educators must work to increase the number of minority students in these disciplines, disciplines where they remain under represented.
Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.
One-hundred-sixty-six years ago, the great orator, abolitionist, and former slave, Frederick Douglass penned a beautifully crafted haunting letter to his former slave master, Thomas Auld, in which he questioned him as to the whereabouts of his grandmother, sisters and one brother. He had escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838, becoming a fugitive slave until he reached sanctuary in New York.
Sometimes, a film can inspire others to seek and achieve justice 41 years later for those three, very young men who were murdered on that red-dirt road in Mississippi.
Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.
Throughout its history, the theater was always available for special benefit shows, and the Apollo hosted dozens of them.
In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?
Why is it so difficult to gain wider support for insuring America's greatest asset, expanding the security of protecting one's health -- which cannot be replaced? Is it a resistance to putting the 'little people' on a level with the more affluent in our society?
I hate criticizing Hip-Hop, but it's definitely become "trap music." I may partake in the ignorant hypocrisy, but like a pitbull, I have trouble defending it.
I am proud to be among the pioneering cadre of Black astronauts who broke both gravitational and color barriers when we first blasted off into space.
The audience was the power that made or broke careers. But it was much more than that. It was the heart and soul of the African-American community, the embodiment of the spirit of Harlem -- the force that truly made the Apollo great.
I want the Black normality to shine and not the abnormality of endurance. I want to get past the limitation stage that seems to be a constant. I want the freedom of "you can be and do anything" to shout loud.
The first time I had any inkling that my color was something that estranged me from others was when I was in primary school in London.