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Martin Luther King Jr

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Before, I thought you were just another cable news talk show host. Now, you are using the language of a spiritual and even a religious leader. But to invoke the name of God and the vocation of a spiritual leader has consequences.

A Champion of Federal Power

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Horwitz

This ideological dichotomy in our body politic has become the defining feature of the upcoming November elections, and it was put on full display this past Saturday at two mass rallies in our nation's capitol.

Glenn Beck Not Even King for a Day

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

In 1995, Glenn Beck was asked to apologize after he ridiculed Asian Americans on the air, including calling and mocking a local Chinese restaurant by pretending to be speaking Chinese.

Honoring Martin Luther King: Reflections on the 'Restoring Honor Rally'

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Any rally on the mall honoring King must acknowledge that the government, rightly led, can be a force for good. Hating the government, to King, was no less despicable than hating one's fellow human being.

Al Sharpton: Beck Rally Distorts King's Dream

AP | BRETT ZONGKER and NAFEESA SYEED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — On the eve of conservative commentator Glenn Beck's rally at the Lincoln Memorial, a blogger's assertion that parts of the nation's...

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream: Are We Killing It?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

Those truly wanting to honor King's memory would do better to take part in a peace march or go work in a soup kitchen. Or if you need inspiration from the man himself, read King's "Silence Is Betrayal" speech.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Glenn Beck's 'Restoration of Honor' Rally

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Civil Rights leaders who justifiably stake a "proprietary" claim to the legacy of the March on Washington should, in the tradition of Dr. King, extend the hand of fellowship to Beck and his followers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a Social Justice Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would have been on Glenn Beck's blackboard. That is because King was clearly a Social Justice Christian -- the term and people that Beck constantly derides.

Beck's Perverse Honor of King

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There are 52 Saturdays in 2010 and talk show exhibitionist Glenn Beck could have picked any one of them to hold his "Restoring Honor" rally on Washi...

Join Us in Reclaiming King's Dream

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

These are not the best of times for racial harmony, or economic or social justice. These certainly are not the best of times for nonviolence. But the America of 2010 is a lot different from the America of 1963.

Gen. Petraeus Goes to Media War

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Solomon

Let's be clear about what's happening here. The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan has launched a fierce media blitz to cripple the policy option of any significant military withdrawal a year from now.

Low Double Standards: Review of Dennis Hopper Posthumous Art Opening

Fine Arts LA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Fine Arts LA

At the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the opening of "Dennis Hopper: Double Standard" felt more like a cinematic tribute to Los Angeles stereotypes than a serious exhibition. 2010-07-20-hopperphoto.jpg

I Dream: Lowery & Young Join King Family at World Premiere of New MLK opera

Cedric Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cedric Perrier

The illustrious audience received I Dream in the spirit in which it was presented: as a fresh twist on an old story.

Martin Luther King's Killer: 'Hellhound On His Trail' Tells Story Of The Infamous James Earl Ray

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Author Hampton Sides wasn't sure about the guy who said he had an interesting archive all about the assassination of Martin Lut...

Back on the Trail of the King Assassination

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Hampton Sides' Hellhound on His Trail makes it clear that James Earl Ray's overwhelming guilt doesn't negate the fact that the FBI waged a protracted and illegal secret war against Martin Luther King.

Racist Birther Bill Makes Republicans Look Ridiculous

Lola Adesioye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lola Adesioye

Birthers - those who believe that President Obama isn't a natural born US citizen and have been demanding to see a physical copy of his birth certificate for the past three years - recently got a Birther Bill through the Arizona House of Representatives.

So We Marched -- Now What?

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kety Esquivel

Rumor has it that the same politicians who promised our community immigration reform in return for votes are now asking the community to hold off until the next election.

Resurrection City: For A Living Wage

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

We need a compensation system that treats all with dignity and respect. New York City is a rich city. We can lead the way to King's dream.

Five Things You Probably Did Not Know About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Given the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam, in his "Beyond Vietnam" speech King christened America as "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." Almost 45 years later, Obama is arguing the notion of "just war."

Broken Government, Bloodshed and Violence: Are Our Politicians Listening?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

There has been explosive growth in the number of anti-government individuals and groups in the U.S. who see the government as their enemy.

Glenn Beck on Martin Luther King and Gandhi

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I was heartened to hear Beck affirm the nonviolence of King, but I would also like to remind him of King's tireless commitment to social justice.

To John Lewis: An Open Letter to an American Hero

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Democracy-loving, independent-minded, and compassionate citizens will continue in the spirit of those like you, who are the real ambassadors of truth and democracy and the American way.

Tavis Smiley, Black Leaders Urge Pressure On Obama

Chicago Sun-Times | The Mo'Kelly Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On the eve of his much publicized symposium bringing some of the nation's most prominent black dissident voices to President Obama's hometown to debat...

Immigration Reform Unhinges Congressman

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

What better way to get this reform passed than by encouraging the main constituency for immigration reform, Americans of Latinos descent, to not participate in the elections?

Stephen Colbert Author Interview: Hampton Sides On The Hunt For Martin Luther King's Killer (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Hampton Sides, the author of the new book "Hellhound on His Trail," spoke to Stephen Colbert last night about the hunt for James Earl Ray, the man who...