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Letter From Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King, Teachers' Unions and Social Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2017 | Education
Yohuru Williams

This Martin Luther King Holiday, we need to be mindful of what public school educators are telling us about the state of our schools and by extension, our children and our democracy. "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Global Police, Pre-Crime and the War on Domestic 'Extremists'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Now connect the dots, from the 2009 Extremism reports to the NDAA and the UN's Strong Cities Network with its globalized police forces, the National Security Agency's far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

Kim Davis: Jailed By An Inconvenient Truth

Jim Moore | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Jim Moore

To impose, for personal convenience, a narrow range of faith-based decisions on legally-sanctioned secular conditions flies directly in the faith we have in our Constitution-based society.

Reflections on Selma

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are hearing a great deal from those in our society who would like to turn the clock back on voting rights, civil rights, and the right to peaceably assemble. But I believe there are many more people of good will among us than various news reports might lead us to believe. Hopefully, more of them will raise their voices in continuance of our search for "a more perfect Union."

Alabama 5-Year-Old Surprises Family, Recites 'I Have a Dream' Speech at Dinner

Karen Shepard | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Karen Shepard

On it's "Meaning of The King Holiday" page, The King Center of Atlanta declares " is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of [Dr. King's] dream." Nico, 5, who attends pre-school in Birmingham, Alabama, lends credence to that hope.

We Are Each Other's Destiny

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Dr. King's life is a reminder to seek light in darkness, to be the change itself. In this, I find much room for optimism around the world in young men and women equipped with both skills and moral courage, daring to do what is right, not easy.

On the Precipice of Change

Tom Steyer | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Tom Steyer

When you consider the impact climate change will have on our collective future, it is instructive to remember what Martin Luther King had to say about the power of non-violent civil disobedience in that letter in 1958.

Following Dr. King's Footsteps in Alabama, An Emotional Journey

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

As the capital of Alabama, and former capital of The Confederate States of America, Montgomery is steeped in history, but for people of our generation its recent history is more transformational. This is the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his civil rights work.

Tales from the 'Magic City'

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Children played a critical role in demonstrations that defined the civil rights movement in Birmingham. Fifty years later, we remember another leader, the late Dr. Michael Froning, for helping Birmingham's children, families and teachers develop a sense of their own stake in education.

50 Years Later, The Birmingham Pledge of Nonviolence Still Inspires

John Dear | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
John Dear

This 50th anniversary reminds me that in the David-and-Goliath-like battle that pitted Martin Luther King, Jr., school children and the best of the Civil Rights movement against the Ku Klux Klan and white racists -- active nonviolence can transform anything.

Letter From Birmingham Jail

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

50 Years After Birmingham, Injustice Is Still Here

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Clearly, violence is also not the answer, neither on the government's part nor on the part of disgruntled citizens. Violence only leads to more violence. So where does this leave us?

PHOTOS: Site Of MLK's Birmingham Jail Letter Gets Historical Marker

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 16 (Reuters) - Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter helped unveil a historical marker on Tuesday i...

The 50th Anniversary of a Letter's Living Legacy

Eric Motley | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Motley

In his cell, fifty years ago this week, Dr. King wrote what became known as the manifesto of the civil rights movement, the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," in which he set forth his views on justice and nonviolence and challenged the consciences not just of his addressees but of the world

King's 'Letter From Birmingham Jail'

Byron Williams | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

Martin Luther King transformed the local criticism of eight clergymen into a national response for the movement. His "Letter From Birmingham Jail" is probably the most important document written during the Civil Rights Movement.

Dear God, Do You Ever Get Discouraged?

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

My heart is breaking. I wept when I heard of the bombs in Boston. My heart had been celebrating before the news, but even that joy is tinged with sorrow.

Still Learning From the Birmingham Jail

Angela Onwuachi-Willig | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Angela Onwuachi-Willig

This month presents an opportune moment to reflect upon what guidance Dr. King's poignant words can offer our society in addressing what some have called "the new civil rights movement": the same-sex marriage movement.

Fifty Years Later, Church Leaders Respond To King's "Birmingham Jail" Letter

Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged white church leaders to confront racis...

Why We Should Stop Celebrating The 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We need to resurrect the message in MLK's Letter From a Birmingham Jail -- the message that continues to call us to seek justice and to understand that "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Dad, Do You Know Ruby Bridges?

Harold Ross | Posted 03.24.2013 | Black Voices
Harold Ross

I would have preferred my beautiful boy ask me a different question. Something like, "How did I get inside mommy's stomach when I was a baby?" As parent-child discussions go, Reproductive Biology is easier than race relations and the Civil Rights Movement.

Is MLK of Use to Us Now?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

Today we face a different challenge, in the form of climate change, but again we have a majority who are seemingly ignoring a danger, as many were willing in King's era to ignore an injustice.

Arthur Shores And The Story Of The Letter From The Birmingham Jail

Helen Shores Lee and Barbara S. Shores | Posted 08.30.2012 | Religion

Throughout our nation’s worst racial tensions, Birmingham Civil Rights attorney Arthur Davis Shores was a pioneer who dared to step into the white m...

Clarence B. Jones Shares Wisdom, Memories at Viewpoint School

Matt Pournazarian | Posted 05.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Matt Pournazarian

In a world in which hate-filled politics and growing inter-class tensions fill article word-counts, a message like the one delivered by Dr. Jones was and is necessary.

Icon of The Day: MLK

Alona Elkayam | Posted 03.17.2012 | Style
Alona Elkayam

Of the 50 people I spoke to (mostly college and high school students) at Madison Square Garden, not one of them was familiar with the Letter from Birmingham Jail. I know what you are thinking: "Thank heaven Alona had a copy!"

The Call to Love Our Enemies (Including Terrorists)

Eric Simpson | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The peacemaker does not use the same weapons as those who live in the world of the beast, but is rather armed with truth, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, grace and the love of enemies.