Like King, leaders of the Palestinian popular resistance -- from intellectuals to grassroots villagers who'd been repeatedly jailed -- spoke to us about universal human rights, about a human family in which all deserve equal rights regardless of religion or nationality.
If we are going to move past dreams and visions to reality and experience, the next great revolution must be both internal and televised. It must be one committed to the hard work of humanizing the poor and marginalized.
So much is being written and commented upon on television about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago, August 28th, this month. Accordingly, I thought it might be useful to share my own recollection of the event, in real time, as it then occurred.
He had come to Washington that day, he said, to cash a check. "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence," he announced to the crowd of 250,000 on the National Mall, "they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir."
National television cameras and reporters might show up to cover marches and rallies the day they happen. But if you're looking for the stories behind these movements, you're more likely to get them from independent activist journalists.
African-American talent urgently needs what one diversity expert calls "door-opening relationships" -- powerful links to senior executives willing to put their reputations on the line to promote their protégés all the way to the top.
While celebrating this 50th anniversary of Dr. King's dream, I feel it is important to think about new ways of organizing and different ways to more effectively pass legislation. Would a similar group of considered radical "outsiders" get their message heard today?
Half a century after Dr. King's momentous march, we must continue to push for justice and equality; anything less will be a disservice to the memory of this great leader and all those that paved the way 50 years ago.
Without the opportunity to live a healthy life, there is no opportunity to live the American dream or participate fully in our communities.
As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, we can all celebrate how far our country has come. But we know that racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry are still out there, and there is much work still to be done.
I, for one, call on our leaders for another defining moment in history. As they stand in the "symbolic shadow" of Dr. King, can they recognize the moment?
No doubt the nation has seen major advances since 1963 in the struggle for freedom and justice for all. Yet in 2013, the face of civil rights and justice is changing just as swiftly as America is changing.
Fifty years since Dr. King shared his Dream with the nation, we are at another pivotal moment in civil rights history.
At the main event, no one spoke on behalf of the Jewish community and on the March website I could find no national Jewish organization among the groups that sponsored and organized support for the anniversary March. Why?
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" is understandably the most famous speech given at the 1963 March on Washington. Minutes before King spoke, however, a lesser known figure came before the crowd.
What if America was a banquet, and at this banquet the servings were fair wages, just trials, civil rights and liberties, but offered by invitation only? According to those who "March(ed) on Washington," this was exactly the case.