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Umgawa! Me Tarzan...

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.26.2016 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Many moons ago, on the first day of an elective class on African Studies in college, my professor handed out a blank map of Africa. She instructed us ...

Columbusing King: Why White People Have No Claim to His Legacy

La Sha | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
La Sha

Black people selfishly claiming King's legacy -- his service and tireless fight -- is more crucial now than ever before, as passively-racist white America attempts to brazenly usurp ownership of King's work and words.

Education, Integration and Equality: The Way to Make America Great

Eric Cooper | Posted 01.17.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched, preached and toiled during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, he knew the sordid history of this country -- and was deeply mired in its bigoted present -- and yet, he still imagined that things could be different. He saw the ugliness but believed in the beauty. What would Dr. King think about our country today? I think he still would have hope. And here's why.

Another MLK Day and Still Going Through the Motions

Kanu Iheukumere | Posted 01.16.2016 | Chicago
Kanu Iheukumere

So, as we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King this weekend, the civil rights movement brings us back to core strategies that still apply if tactically adjusted for the millennium struggle for racial and economic justice.

What Does MLK National Day of Service Mean to Us?

Faisal Qazi | Posted 01.14.2016 | Los Angeles
Faisal Qazi

For me the MLK Day has become more than just a day of service or an opportunity to promote volunteerism. It has become a response and a struggle to retain all that is good in our society and a fight against the marginalization of all people.

Dr. King Supported Workers' Rights

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Labor Day celebrates the dignity of work across America. The first Labor Day celebration took place within New York City on September 5th, 1882.

Kneeling at the Feet of the Poor: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.05.2016 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The Pope's crucial work of engaging with liberation theology is changing the landscape of the church. It is putting the work of the church in the line with Jesus' own ministry which was for the poor, the marginalized and the disenfranchised.

Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence Now

John Dear | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
John Dear

The death of unarmed Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore demonstrate the profound systemic injustice in our country, as well as the complete misunderstanding and widespread hypocrisy about nonviolence.

RIP, Leon Bass

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 06.07.2015 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

No matter how glorious a life we live, how dizzying the heights we scale, death comes to us all. On Saturday, it came to Dr. Leon Bass, a man whom I was honored to call my friend since 1997. Leon was so many things to so many people during his 90 years of life.

The U.S. and the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

Vincent Intondi | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Vincent Intondi

On Jan. 22, 2015 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, in consultation with 17 Nobel Prize laureates adjusted the Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight.

Visitors Honor MLK At His Memorial Site In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

As events across the nation honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his nationally recognized holiday, admirers and activists celebrating King’s legacy...

#ReclaimMLK: A Radical Dream Unrealized

Arielle Newton | Posted 03.21.2015 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

Despite their persistent attempts to make it so, Dr. King was not merely a passive Black leader; he was a radical revolutionary whose vision of a racially and economically equitable society has yet to be realized.

Where Are the "Disrupters" for Labor on College Campuses?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Take a fresh look at the labor movement. You could be organizers who make the case for union membership, or push for laws that help college students and working families.

Why I Keep Raising Hell

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.26.2014 | New York
Rep. Charles Rangel

When thousands of men and women work full time but need food stamps to put food on their tables, when they can't get health benefits, when they can't get paid sick days, then we must do whatever we can to stand up for them.

Which Martin Luther King, Jr?

Richard Brand | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices
Richard Brand

The fact that Dr. King's work was evolving is seldom mentioned. At the end of his life Dr. King was fighting more for economic issues. At the end of his life, Dr. King was moving out in protest to the Vietnam war because he said he could not promote non-violence in this country and promote violence in other parts of the world.

Why We Can't Wait to Close the School Achievement Gap

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 03.21.2014 | Education
Mark Ridley-Thomas

As we mark the federal holiday that celebrates the life and work and sacrifice of Dr. King, the words of a young transformative leader in the making have been muted. A growing achievement gap affecting students of color threatens our communities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Is Still a Black Holiday for Far Too Many Americans

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The blind eye, indifference or even out right disrespect of the King holiday 28 years after the first was officially observed shouldn't really surprise. It took decades and hard battles to get the King federal holiday bill enacted in the first place.

On Dr. King's Struggles and Sources of Strength

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 03.18.2014 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Based on the strength he drew from the voice he heard, King gathered himself to continue the fight for justice and equality.

The 3 Ways Martin Luther King Jr. Saved Your Soul

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

I would argue that in many ways, this is King's greatest legacy. His courage to proceed in a mission that, by any rational calculation would have been doomed to fail, is a lesson for all of us to learn. Without hope, without faith that there can be a better future, there will not be one.

Celebrating the 85th Birthday of Martin Luther King (Part II)

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The greatest threat in 2014 to the legacy of Dr. King's as we remember his birthday today is the silence and inaction of those people who so loudly proclaim their commitment to his "Dream" and their current commemoration of his birthday.

Celebrating the 85th Birthday of Martin Luther King (Part I)

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Violence lies like molten lava beneath the surface of our society, just waiting to erupt. We can choose to be bystanders, cover our eyes and ears, or become pro-active to meet the challenge that Dr. King's legacy commitment to non-violence presents to us.

Coming Out as Jewish

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

When I speak on coming out and bring in my own experiences, I often leaven the stories with references to Jewish law and tradition. In some respects, not only am I repeatedly coming out to these audiences as trans and gay, but I'm also coming out as Jewish.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

The Gay Man Who Organized the March on Washington

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Bayard Rustin is just one more reminder that there is a lot more to social movements than the most famous names. Behind each name you know, there are thousands of names you do not know.

A Child Without Dreams

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How many millions of children who were hurt or neglected themselves grow up hopeless, hate-filled, and continue the cycle of hurting others? All children deserve to be allowed and encouraged to dream by the adults around them in their homes, schools, and communities.