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Martin Luther King Jr

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103-Year-Old Civil Rights Icon: 'Thank God I Learned That Color Makes No Difference'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices

Amelia Boynton Robinson was nearly beaten to death in 1965 during the first march in Selma, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr. She was 53 years ol...

Prophet Muhammad's Example of Anti-Racism

Craig Considine | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

To further promote better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims as well as people of different skin colors, it is imperative that media outlets highlight Muhammad's anti-racist ethos. Rather than being a divisive figure, Muhammad is an inspiration for those working to rid the world of the evil of racism.

Negotiating Past and Present With the Film Selma

Sheril Antonio | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

In this "based on a true story" film, while we are not given a great deal of new information, we are given an important new perspective on the moments leading up to the fifty mile march from Selma to Montgomery. This is precisely why the arts remain so vital, because of the way artists sort things out for us, each in their own unique way.

The Dream Lives

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
J. Randall O'Brien

You may say Dr. King was a Dreamer, but he's not the only one. Do we not dream of a just society, too? Do we not dream of a day of better opportunity, full equality, and hope for all?

The Shift

Kathy Kelly | Posted 02.17.2015 | Crime
Kathy Kelly

If we turn to each other with a readiness to share resources, live simply and practice fairness, perhaps it will find a way to end cruelties as wrongheaded as this prison system.

Jeb Bush Staffer Praised Martin Luther King Jr. For Not Wearing 'Pants Sagged To His Ankles'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new chief technology officer of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's recently formed political action committee, who made headlines this w...

Celebrate Rosa Parks' February 4th Birthday With Some of Her Greatest Quotes

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Jeryl Brunner

Rosa Parks' solitary act of defiance helped launch a city-wide Montgomery Bus Boycott that would last for 13 months and alter American history.

Dreaming of Dignity: The Movie "Selma"

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

I saw "Selma" today and I have to say I was filled with so many of the emotions that for me mark a movie experience as being profound, memorable, and in this case so very worthy of attention and appreciation by governing bodies of groups that give awards--you know like the Oscars.

How Selma Changed My Life

Keith Runyon | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Runyon

Thanks to television, the entire civil rights era is part of my personal history, even though my middle class white family never participated in a demonstration. But we were part of it all. Every American alive in the 1960s was, no matter what position you took. I am proud of my parents' views, and how they guided me.

A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

MLK Children Working To Settle Legal Dispute

AP | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace ...

Navigating Between a Parallel and a Real Universe

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

I have been traveling away from Palo Alto to L.A., Florida, and New York City. During this time there have been certain events in the news and others from my personal experience that have challenged my customary comfort zone of perception and cognition.

In Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Providence of Hope for a New Generation

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

I was quite literally born into the Civil Rights Movement in 1959, as my mother and father were already deeply committed to changing the world for the better by simply getting married: a handsome Negro man to a strikingly beautiful, aristocratic, blue-eyed blonde.

MLK Today: Taking the Blinders Off White Privilege

David Bedrick | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

How far have we really come since Dr. King's passing in 1968? Could those who argue that we now live in a truly post-racial society be wearing the blinders of white privilege? Consider the following.

While Waiting for a Leader Like Dr. King, I'm Learning to Use My Own Voice

Del Ray Zimmerman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Del Ray Zimmerman

On behalf of lgbt youth and adults who feel they have no voice at all, I'm willing to keep stammering and crawling... until I fully find my own voice and learn how to fly.

The Arc of Hope

John G. Taft | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
John G. Taft

This month, as we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us remember that optimism -- hope built on values and leavened by humility, hope based on conviction even when we cannot be sure of the outcome -- is an essential ingredient in the kind of leadership we admire in him.

King Underquoted

Lillian Daniel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

If you visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., you will no longer see the quotation "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."

Islamic Pluralists Must Show Their Face

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The radical actors of the Muslim world, in destroying the troublesome symbols of free thinking, are destroying their own cultural vitality and dynamism. In truth, their Islamist culture of death has resulted in a death of Islamic culture. The urgent task for Islamic pluralists is to lift the shadow of violence from the Islamic culture and recall Muslims to their traditions of an empathetic civilization that feels another's sorrow and does not need an enemy for its sustenance.

Historic Places as Sites of Conscience: Shockoe Bottom's Potential to Change Society

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

In Richmond, a new alliance of social justice activists and historic preservationists has formed to protect Shockoe Bottom against incompatible development. Leadership of the alliance includes Preservation Virginia; Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; and a working group of preservationists from nearby Church Hill.

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

Karen Shepard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Karen Shepard

On it's "Meaning of The King Holiday" page, The King Center of Atlanta declares "...it 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.

My Thelma, Selma and MLK

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Here's to you Thelma. I honor you as we all honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After all, a movement starts with one person.

As a Child of the South

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

I see my own freedom is very much at issue, too. These last months have reminded me of some things that there are some things a child of the South is in a particularly advantageous position to remind us all of.

Conservatives Can't Stop Re-Framing: MLK... Civil Rights... Jesus?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

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.

These People Are Unfamiliar With MLK

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.22.2015 | Comedy

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. This is a bit of a nightmare. Jimmy Kimmel's camera crew hit the streets on Martin Luther King Day to ask peopl...

The Supreme Court's New Gay Marriage Case Tests MLK's Dream of True Equality

Lisa Bloom | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Lisa Bloom

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.