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Martin Luther King Jr

Congress Commemorates Major Anniversary

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As members of Congress marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Senate majority leader warned Wednesday that civ...

Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century

Ira Chernus | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Ira Chernus

I bet you, like me, rarely talk to anyone about your dreams, even if you spend nearly all your time among politically active people working to improve the planet. Perhaps these days it feels somehow just too naïve, too unrealistic, too embarrassing.

Huffington Issue 59: Black America, Immortality And Much More

Posted 07.23.2013 | Huffington

This week in Huffington, we reflect on how far black America has come since Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago,...

Are We There Yet?

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Today, while the colored/white signs are gone, the needs of people who are locked out, pushed out, or left out are great and growing every day. Racial divides continue to be deeply rooted. We cannot afford to remain silent.

Grief and Consolation in the Month of Av (Isaiah 40:1-26)

Rabbi Claudia Kreiman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Claudia Kreiman

Tisha B'Av is the culmination of a period of three weeks of mourning, which begins on the 17th day of Tammuz, the day the Roman army breached the walls surrounding Jerusalem in 69 CE.

Shelby Steele: On Minority Communities' Evolution From The Civil Rights Movement To Today

92nd Street Y | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, we spoke with Senior Fellow Shelby Steele about the changes he ...

March On Washington Anniversary: Events Planned To Mark 50 Years Since Historic March

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 06.24.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Just as they were announcing plans for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, black and civil rights leaders learned the Supre...

Jesse Jackson And Thousands Walk For MLK, 50 Years Later

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Thousands participated in a Detroit march commemorating the 50th anniversary of one that Martin Luther King Jr. led in 1963. The walk down...

Bradley Manning: Guilty of 'Aiding the Enemy' if the Enemy Is Democracy

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

When the deceptive operation of the warfare state can't stand the light of day, truth-tellers are a constant hazard. And culpability must stay turned on its head.

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The "war on terror" was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief.

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."

Kansas Board Member Defends Using N-Word

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

Kansas Education Board member Steve Roberts defended himself on Tuesday after facing criticism over his use of a racial slur at a mid-April meeting wh...

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

Do Like Don and Seek Comfort In Film

David Cleary | Posted 07.07.2013 | TV
David Cleary

Especially in times of tragedy, films have always provided me the same type of comfort. From the time I can remember, I've always been attracted to narrative depiction.

Why Are We So Ashamed of Our Women Heroes?

Charles Clymer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Women
Charles Clymer

Society tells us young men can't think of women as role models, unless they're a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.

Choose to Wear #42

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

I still have the photograph of my brother and me shaking hands with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. As I look at it, my mind goes back to a balmy evening in April of 1954. I was 15 years old and my father proudly brought his two sons to the first baseball game of our lives.

How to Make a Bomb in 7 Easy Steps

Mark Olmsted | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

In the end, the only reason you need to not build a bomb is what is does to you. It is soul-killing to be a murderer. You want to do something with your feelings of alienation? Go out and practice random acts of kindness. Raise money for refugees. Fight for justice.

Dr. King's Sword: Responding To Boston

Scott Perlo | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Every weapon has a recoil: when used, it kicks back at the one who used it. Among the reasons that Dr. King was a great man was that he knew how to choose his weapon.

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

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 06.16.2013 | Gay 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.

Dr. King's 'Two Americas' Truer Now than Ever

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Martin Luther King, Jr., had more than a dream -- he envisioned what America could be, if only it lived up to its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for each and every citizen. That's what we have conveniently forgotten.

MLK's "Two Americas" Truer Than Ever | Posted 04.11.2013 | Black Voices

You may think you know about Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is much about the man and his message we have conveniently forgotten. He was a prophet...

Martin: In Memory and In Life

Mumia Abu-Jamal | Posted 06.08.2013 | Black Voices
Mumia Abu-Jamal

We know that the true Martin Luther King does not dwell in statues, in ghetto streets bearing his name, or in schools where children are violated daily in buildings erected in his name. His true spirit dwells with the least of these,