When he went outside, he grabbed his cart with his sleeping bag and other worldly possessions and took a moment to smile and wave at me through the window. The gift of feeling "one" in our humanity with this beautiful man left me with the priceless feeling of being connected and alive.
When we remember Dr. King only by his greatest victories and quotations, we do a disservice to him and ourselves. The iconic King teaches us incomplete lessons about leadership and the struggle for social change that can only be completed by understanding the true, three-dimensional man.
I wrote about the closing of UPMC Braddock Hospital in Braddock, PA on Huffington Post Living in October 2009. Pittsburgh filmmaker Julie Solokow s...
Take the day and week established to celebrate a man who walked in Gandhi's footsteps, who fought racism, bigotry, hatred, and small-minded thinking his whole life, and who understood, long before the Web, that we are all inextricably linked.
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!