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Martin Luther King Jr

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.

The True Meaning of MLK Day

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

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?

Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the Hindsight Luxury of Thinking I'd Do the Right Thing

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

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.

Biden: 'We Have To Bridge' Separation Between Police, Minority Communities

AP | RANDALL CHASE and KEN THOMAS | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that communities around the country need to work to bridge the separation between polic...

We Are Each Other's Destiny

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 01.19.2015 | 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.

MLK Day: Changed Attitudes, Mindsets and Practices for the Greater Good of Everyone

Gary Pieters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

King believed that "intelligence plus character ... is the goal of true education." In this respect, King in both word and deed demonstrated many of the character attributes that are essential to building and sustaining great communities.

Direct Action on Racism, Poverty, and War: An Honest Attempt to Honor MLK

Nourish International | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

Today there isn't a more fondly remembered and respected public figure than King, but did our opinion of him change because we embraced his ideas of radical justice, or did we simply forget them?

Photographs Of The Freedom Journey In 1965 Illuminate The Past's Connection To The Present

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts

Stephen Somerstein is a retired physicist who spent many years working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. But long before he devote...

This Is Why We Have MLK Day

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

Why do we have Martin Luther King Jr. Day? In the spirit of remembering one of the most famous Civil Rights Movement heroes of all time, we asked t...

MLK, Jr. Asked Us 'What Are You Doing For Others?' Here's How We Answered

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact

In a legacy as profound as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, one thing is for certain -- the civil rights leader lived to help those who needed him most....

Your Favorite Disney Stars Share What MLK Day Means To Them

The Huffington Post | Taylor Trudon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Teen

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just a day off from school -- it's a day to celebrate an activist who changed the world through his fight for ...

The New Yorker Unveils Striking MLK Cover

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media

Channeling the iconic image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. linking arms with fellow civil rights activists during the march from Selma, Alabama to the...

Does Religion Poison the Well? A Reflection for MLK Day

Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D. | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion
Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D.

Every MLK Day, the Reverend Doctor's sage wisdom and booming voice seem like echoes of a past farther and farther away. Had he somehow escaped assassins' bullets, I can imagine him grey and dignified, bringing his prophetic wisdom to today's crises. More than ever, we could use his help to remember how to live together.