When I learned I would be one of the Southern Methodist University debaters arguing against Wiley College on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech," I was thrilled. The topic for debate was predictable: "America is faltering on MLK's dream in 2013."
Let us not slumber silently as the state legislatures, the Supreme Court, and Congress actively undo what was so hard-won. Each restrictive law requiring a particular ID that is hard to get, each erosion of women's reproductive and health rights, chips at the levy protecting us all.
The holiday set aside by Virginia to honor Confederate generals Lee and Jackson falls on or near Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This coincidence prompted debates in my community about whether it was appropriate to fly Confederate flags when the nation is remembering its most important civil rights leader.
While there are fine essays and books written about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., detailing his words and his impact on American life, law and culture, few focus uniquely on the American psyche -- how "we" see, or don't see, Dr. King. Consider these six conflicting points of view.
The lock-in model can help us to understand how it is that racial gaps may well persist indefinitely, even if all intentional discrimination were to end tomorrow.
In an age of 24-hour news media and the irruption of social media, blogs, and anonymous posts, we suffer from the temptation of vitriolic speech. We have lost the capacity to shape the moral conscience of the nation and transform the national mood and tenor.
I asked my father, who is from Uganda, to translate my poem into Luganda. I wasn't sure why I did this at first.
As we commemorate the birth, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we would do well to remember at least the following ten things: 1. Althou...
Pope Francis has shocked--and delighted--many, with his revival of the "social gospel" of the core deeds (feeding the hungry, healing the sick, clothing the poor and visiting the incarcerated), which Jesus reportedly commanded of his followers.
The factor that most powerfully fueled King's opposition to capitalism is the imperative of his biblical faith to bridge the gulf between abject poverty and superfluous wealth. In this sense he considered capitalism an insult to his faith.
On the celebration of his birthday this year, when he would have been 85, it is good to remember 12 remarkable declarations from his speeches that give psychologically inspiring and meaningful advice for life.
I was the only African-American boy in the 5th Grade. There was no other choice, it had to be me!
"A Dream" I believe we've been collectively asleep and that this is the moment where through effort and faith, we can wake up to the real dream. In o...
This past Saturday, I was scheduled to lead Torah study in Mishkan Shalom. Actually, I don't "lead" it so much as I "weave" it, choosing the specific passage we read and then encouraging the participants to explore their own thoughts and feelings about it.
What a performance! And when it ended, the talk swirled around a brilliant, passionate 25-year-old black man whose skill, brains and ability lifted h...
To some, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was known as a pastor, humanitarian and activist but it's his role as a leader in the civil rights movement that...