King was profound in a profane world. He was amazingly impactful and proved that one man can make a difference. As we see King today, as we mount a statue on the Washington mall, the backdrop is politicians gone mad.
I am part of a generation that stands on the shoulders of giants from the modern civil rights movement. And now my generation is called to no less of an urgent state of affairs. The dream of our democracy -- advanced and protected by heroes past and present -- is still not yet achieved.
Lke Dr. King, we have not yet arrived in the Promised Land. Yes, there's a black man in the White House. Barack Obama is there as President of the United States. But one man doesn't erase the persistence of racism in America and its grim consequences.
Some will say: This is yet another movie about the civil-rights movement moment in our history, in which the white people are the heroes, saving the black characters. But that's far too simplistic a reading of The Help.
African-Americans' 21st century reality is simply this: it's time to stand for something different. The debate we're having is no longer productive. It's time for solutions that come from us, from within our house, our family and ultimately our community as a whole.
James Ford Seale, a long-time member of the Ku Klux Klan who very nearly got away with murder, has died after serving less than four years of three life sentences for the 1964 murders of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, both 19.
Last month I spoke with MSNBC contributor, Columnist for The Nation, and Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry for the project Failure, Inc. We talked about how failure is a significant narrative in every great success story... even the American story.
Eighth-grade students in Hempstead, New York organized a Freedom Walk to honor the 1961 Freedom Riders and to make a statement that racial integration and equality should still be valued by our society today.