The movement's politics of empowerment has been largely forgotten today. While Trump and Sanders tap anger, they express it in radically different ways. Trump employs a politics of scapegoating.
As always, and befitting the memory of Dr. King, many events will again center around service. I will once again be joining the Human Rights Campaign as they collect and assemble donations to help LGBT homeless youth. HRC will use the donations to create life-sustaining care packages for distribution to young people in distress.
More than 50 years later -- and after trillions of dollars have been spent -- poverty is still a major global problem. In fact, one measure estimates that 30 percent of the world currently lives in poverty. So what happened? If we had the resources to end poverty in 1964, why hasn't it been abolished by now?
It is fitting that we honor Dr. King's legacy with a national day of service -- and I look forward to joining my neighbors this morning in volunteering to improve an inner-city Chicago public school -- but, as a society, we can do better than one single day of service.
We -- the universities -- are the ones sitting in the midst of these realities, facing the choice between being walled citadels that separate the privileged from the uninvited other or being welcoming hubs connecting young individuals with opportunity.
The shocking contrast between law enforcement behavior toward Ammon Bundy, the militant Oregon outlaw, and many of the young black men slain by police...
Today, while we celebrate Dr. King's legacy, we need also to look at ourselves in the mirror. Have we really done enough to fulfill his vision of meeting the most basic needs of Americans? The simple answer is no.
King was a radical. He challenged America's class system and its racial caste system. He was a strong ally of the nation's labor union movement. He was assassinated in April 1968 in Memphis, where he had gone to support a sanitation workers' strike. In his critique of American society and his strategy for changing it, King pushed the country toward more democracy and social justice.
As we mature, we have the ability to take the time to know ourselves and learn our core values. We can look at our fears and confusion and see how we project that onto others. We can also control that which we speak and that which is heard by our children while in our presence.
I was eight years old. Dr. King still had about three more years of work to do before he'd be shot on the balcony of a motel in Memphis. Gun shots that would set angry fires blazing and police sirens wailing pain in almost every big city in America and then land him squarely in the history books forever and a day.
Today in my classroom, I was reminded once again of the vison and actions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that made it possible for a minority teac...
We know and love the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for being a civil rights icon who helped African-Americans. However, his works also helped women's rights, rights for immigrants, and many other movements for human dignity.
I think if those brave public servants who dedicate their professional lives to keeping us safe covenanted to never take the lives of those whom they have sworn to protect, we would live in a much safer more life-affirming world.
Speaking of dream, peace and justice, I think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of my inspirations. The more I learn about his life, the deeper my admiration for him becomes.
Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr., for inspiring faith, dreams, and all the power they hold for our world. The greatest gift we can give to each other is little steps in faith, trust, compassion, and bringing our dreams to light.
Not only is violence sanctioned in the American legal fabric, but when efforts are made to curb violence through lawful means, the gun lobby and its sycophants in and out of the media resist such efforts on a continuous and usually successful basis.