This week I talked with Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), about their premier fundraising event, "Lesbians & Friends Dance: A Party for Prevention."
For every theater-goer, minimum wage-earner or maximum wage-maker who applauded, cried, or expressed righteous indignation at the story told in Selma, we'd like to remind them that the story of economic justice is still being written in our country, city and state.
His words excite, challenge, illuminate, enlighten and sustain. I am who I am because he was who he was.
The Family Research Council is not just another "conservative" political outfit. It is an anti-gay hate group -- so classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is in the business of tracking such things.
The Supreme Court shouldn't dishonor Dr. King's memory by removing one of the tools we have used to build bridges from the "islands of despair" of racialized poverty and segregation he decried.
How fitting that just before Martin Luther King Jr. weekend our Supreme Court justices agreed to decide whether our constitution requires all 50 states to recognize same-sex marriages. As Dr. King said the night before he died, "All we say to America is be true to what you said on paper." Equal means equal.
We need to get a grip on the fact that the entire white race is not racist. Dr. King would be proud to see that his legacy was being celebrated by all. Does #ReclaimMLK mean that only we as black people should be celebrating a man who wanted us to walk together?
I hope I would have done the right thing. I hope I would have marched, and been arrested, and stood in solidarity, no matter what the personal cost. But the reality is that most white folks in Atlanta, even those who knew what was happening was wrong, did nothing.
Conservatives "out-frame" progressives: Estate taxes are" death" taxes. Given their success, conservatives are no longer limiting "framing" to policy issues. They're busy re-framing history.
On this day when we honor the power of nonviolence to change hearts and minds, is it too much to believe that such compassion, connection and love can define the relationship between citizens of every race and mental condition and the police officers who bravely dedicate themselves to protect and serve our communities?
Alas the film's LBJ piece is inaccurate in a fundamental way, leaving the impression that Johnson supposedly was not a fan of voting rights legislation -- had to be convinced -- when that is not true.
We must make sure the movies we create and the stories we tell are accurate and honest so that our children may learn from history.
This week, I urge my fellow Americans, especially those in the halls of Congress and statehouses nationwide, to remember all of Dr. King's legacy, and support full access to reproductive health.
This year, Dr. King's legacy is being thought of in the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement which has spread like wildfire throughout the U.S. What we know about his legacy has been largely sanitized, re-configured, and appropriated to obscure his radical vision.
My dad was a seminary student at Yale Divinity School when the first of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches took place, in 1965. The marches led to the passage later that year of the Voting Rights Act. But a lot of blood was shed in the process.
I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.