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Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.

Is America a Sheep or a Goat?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.

What Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Like In College

OWN | Posted 01.17.2015 | OWN

Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most important figures in American history, but only a relatively small circle of people really knew him. Among ...

The Other Rev. King: A Word from Mississippi

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Make no mistake, there truly are ghosts in Mississippi. Most often, they inhabit long forgotten places and toil with hopes that their mortal lives have not been lived in vain. A few years ago, I first traveled to a forgotten place to meet a forgotten man.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on His 86th Birthday

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Few people today know of Dr. King's opinions on issues like poverty and income inequality, or of his early support for Israel and his public opposition to the war in Vietnam. This blog post addresses some of the important contemporary domestic and international issues that I believe would be of major concern to Dr. King if he were alive today.

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

What Would Martin Say? Martin Luther King and the November Elections

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

One of the most striking -- and alarming -- things about King's denunciation of the right-wing politics of Goldwater and the Republican Party of his day is that King could -- and almost certainly would -- issue virtually the same denunciation of the Republican Party today.

Southern Comfort: Saying Hello to Fall in South Carolina

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.22.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

When it comes to the mechanically cooled contemporary American South, this may be close to blasphemy. But here goes: Some of us do not like central air. Indoor breezes are indoor breezes, if you ask me. You might be in a mall, or at the movies, or driving around in your car.

'Who's Looking for Me?': God's and America's Invisible Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope every Black leader, parent, grandparent and preacher will mount a united and irresistible voice to end the structural exclusion of millions of children from the education and other opportunities required to keep them from dead-end lives.

History and Ferguson, Missouri

Dan Rather | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Dan Rather

As I watched with a sickening sense of deja vu the images coming out of Ferguson, MO this week, I couldn't help but come to this conclusion: we have allowed a pernicious historical revisionism to undermine the legacy of the civil rights movement.

Dr. King's 'Triple Evils' and the Emergence of Freedom Side

Vincent Intondi | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. King argued that the "spiritual and moral lag" in modern man was due to what he later referred to as the "triple evils" of society: capitalism, militarism and racism.

Asian Americans and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Mapping Out the Next 50 Years

Mee Moua | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Mee Moua

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will hear a common refrain: We still have a long way to go toward realizing Dr. King's Dream.

Donald Sterling: Who's Responsible?

Ginnie Love | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Ginnie Love

America, while we're not defined by this man's opinion, we are defined by our reactions. If you want a better world you can't react from the same sepsis vein of ignorance to heal the whole.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

We must never forget the full range of Dr. King's vision, nor the full tragedy of the world he sought to heal, nor the revolutionary spirit which he saw as our only hope of achieving his vision -- making do with everything we have to try to keep freedom ringing.

Harnessing the Drum Major Instinct Through National Service

Adam Coretz | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Adam Coretz

National service is a primary mechanism through which we can foster such a universal assumption of shared responsibility. If we decide as a nation that national service should be part of the American experience and is worth investing in, then the next time we face a challenge as daunting as the one stared down by Dr. King and those in the civil rights movement, we will be strong enough to overcome it.

How One Photographer Captured The Inspiration And Awe Of The Civil Rights Movement

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

Roughly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a museum in Florida is paying homage to one of the movement's most iconic photographers. Born in ...

Martin Luther King's Leadership Lessons

David Peck | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
David Peck

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader who, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, and Nelson Mandela after him, showed us the way from weakness and division to strength in unity.

Honoring Dr. King by Ending Capital Punishment

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices
Diann Rust-Tierney

As capital punishment laws come under closer scrutiny, we can expect to see significant progress away from the practice. However, this will not simply happen with the passage of time. It will require a greater level of engagement from the millions of people who now understand that it is time for capital punishment to end.

Steps Forward on School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his legacy. But in too many of those same schools, Black and other nonwhite children's extraordinary talents are still being wasted.

Honoring Dr. King by Reconnecting Communities

Rachel Laser | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Rachel Laser

As we celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have the good fortune of seeing up close how his efforts continue to promote social justice. I must confess, though, that I sometimes worry about the distance -- some would say tensions -- that exist between blacks and Jews.

No Longer Just a Dream

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

On the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the activist Martin Luther King Jr. expressed a prophetic dream. He dreamed that his children would one day live in a world where justice would indeed be reality for all.

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.

20 Minutes With Mandela That Changed My Life

Dominic Carter | Posted 02.05.2014 | New York
Dominic Carter

As I seated myself, I could hardly believe I was sitting across from the man who had almost single-handedly brought down the system of apartheid. Yet Mandela called me "Mister Carter."

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

American Promise

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

As President Kennedy suggested 50 years ago, we know that this will not be easy, but will be hard. America can and will win on this issue of providing its citizens quality and affordable health care.