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.
This year, Dr. King's legacy is being thought of in the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement which has spread like wildfire throughout the U.S. What we know about his legacy has been largely sanitized, re-configured, and appropriated to obscure his radical vision.
Several of my favorite King quotes speak powerfully to an idea that I believe can help advance King's vision for America. That idea is large-scale, voluntary national service as a civic rite of passage.
My dad was a seminary student at Yale Divinity School when the first of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches took place, in 1965. The marches led to the passage later that year of the Voting Rights Act. But a lot of blood was shed in the process.
By standing with Memphis sanitation workers and calling on the city to treat these black workers with dignity and respect, MLK taught us that racial and economic justice are intrinsically linked. That lesson inspires me today, because 47 years later, the fight isn't over for black and Latino workers.
Dr. King became a martyr for peace, justice and equality. Did his life and death truly change social conditions in the United States? Or, were the federal laws associated with the Civil Rights Movement only window dressing, disguising fundamental inequalities that remain intransigent?
In a world that considers cathedrals of stone and even the pulpit where Dr. King spoke irrelevant, what is the future of the church? We must come out of our pulpits and into the streets, into the gaps of broken relationship and broken trust. We must do the hard and beautiful work of building the beloved community.
I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.
There was some heartening news over the holidays for those of us who are longtime Star Trek fans. And there was some alarming news, none of which has been mitigated since.
King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.
I first heard Dr. King speak in person at a Spelman College chapel service during my senior year in college. Dr. King was just 31 but he had already gained a national reputation during the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott five years earlier.
While the Civil Rights Movement is a story about people, brave men and women who fought for equality and freedom, the vehicles involved offer us a tangible link to the past.
In light of today's I-93 shutdown by #BlackLivesMatter protesters, I made a handy graph to help us all get some perspective.
Dear Philadelphia, On Jan. 19, as our collective energy buzzes at 1:30 p.m. on 440N Broad St., as we begin marching at 2 p.m. and finish symbolical...
Have you ever considered the legacy that you'd like to leave the world? While this may sound like a lofty question, legacy holds the power to transform you. As a career and legacy coach, I can assure you that this seldom asked inquiry can create seismic shifts in your life.
As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the Selma March, we also must acknowledge that we are still not a harmonious nation - or world - a half-century after these two central events in the history of civil rights.