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Rev Dr Martin Luther King

The State of Our Union: Have We Achieved Dr. King's Dream?

Donald M. Payne, Jr. | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Donald M. Payne, Jr.

It's time we renew and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. This would carry on the legacy and spirit of the Civil Rights Act and would continue to help America better live up to our creed that all individuals are created equal.

Flawed but Determined: Becoming a White Supporter of Racial Justice

Rachel Laser | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Rachel Laser

Look closely and you can find me in the picture below. It was taken last month at the National Press Club. The occasion was the release of the Black W...

Tilting at Windmills

Yara Zgheib | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

At the risk of seeming mad, at the risk of failing, we must never stop seeking, "in a world suddenly too small for existing cosmologies, a reality large enough to contain what we have seen"...

On MLK Day, Promise Yourself the Mountain Experience!

Audrey Peterman | Posted 01.18.2016 | Green
Audrey Peterman

On this day when we celebrate the inimitable Dr. King and the legacy of words and deeds he left to inspire us, I encourage you to take time to visit one of these mountains, even virtually.

Honoring Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr. - Remembering the Prophetic in the Prophet

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.16.2016 | Impact
Wayne Meisel

During a time of great concern and unrest in our communities, country, and world, celebrating Rev. King's birthday brings me joy and hope. The fact that his birthday is a nationally recognized holiday makes me both proud and optimistic.

It's Time To Take Note and Take Action Against Human Trafficking

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Dr. Michael B. Brown

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time for realizing that slavery actually did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation. As a matter of fact, the U.S. State Department tells us that there are 12.3 million "trafficking slaves" around the world today.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Place in the Modern Universe

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many will opine on the right way to recall and celebrate Dr. King's place in the universe. My modest contribution is to suggest we recall and celebrate the universe in which Dr. King, and all the rest of us, have found a place -- and the means by which we know it.

McBride's Knockout Jazz Oratorio in Philly

Lew Whittington | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited, had one knockout performance at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia Nov. 21. It's an ambitious jazz oratorio- symphonia inspired by the lives of four iconic figures of the black civil rights movement.

Kim Davis: Jailed By An Inconvenient Truth

Jim Moore | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

To impose, for personal convenience, a narrow range of faith-based decisions on legally-sanctioned secular conditions flies directly in the faith we have in our Constitution-based society.

True Strength at America's Journey for Justice

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

The strength I witnessed was in the elders who led our march and carried the American flag. These men, beaten and brutalized so many decades ago, had marched with Dr. King during the original Freedom Marches. Additionally, I witnessed strength in the next generation.

Voter Suppression Is an Assault Against Humanity

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

Whatever functions to abridge or diminish the sense of responsible agency in our fellow human beings is an assault against the whole human race. Thus, voter suppression and the oppressive intention out of which it arises are an assault against humanity.

Ministry Is Not Safe

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Ministry often seems like a very placid vocation. We engage with congregants as they heal from their surgeries. We attend birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, officiate weddings, and baptize babies and adults.

Post-Charleston, Ferguson, Newtown: How "Advanced" Is America?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

We Americans think of ourselves as advanced, at least technologically. The images of the first man on the moon, put there by American ingenuity and organization less than 200 years after the country's founding, can still thrill.

Needed: Prophetic Voices

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Last week, I went back to Oberlin for my 50th reunion where much of the weekend was a celebration of our graduation ceremony in 1965, whose commencement speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine what his prophetic voice might have accomplished had he lived into the 21st century.

Re-Thinking Non-Violent Resistance (PODCAST)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

In the face of the systematic racism of America's policing and prison system as well as crippling poverty that disproportionally affects the black community, how does non-violence work to actually solve the root of the problem? Or does it work at all?

The Shift

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Kathy Kelly

If we turn to each other with a readiness to share resources, live simply and practice fairness, perhaps it will find a way to end cruelties as wrongheaded as this prison system.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.21.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.

These People Are Unfamiliar With MLK

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.22.2015 | Comedy

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. This is a bit of a nightmare. Jimmy Kimmel's camera crew hit the streets on Martin Luther King Day to ask peopl...

#ReclaimMLK: A Radical Dream Unrealized

Arielle Newton | Posted 03.21.2015 | Black Voices
Arielle Newton

Despite their persistent attempts to make it so, Dr. King was not merely a passive Black leader; he was a radical revolutionary whose vision of a racially and economically equitable society has yet to be realized.

Remembering Dr. King -- Is There a Place for "Extremists"?

John Bouman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
John Bouman

Today, as we ponder Dr. King's legacy, we should understand the important role of government in ensuring fair opportunities for upward mobility, and we should welcome creative extremists in that just cause.

We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

We've finally emerged from the crash of 2008. We've had 58 consecutive quarters of job growth. Unemployment is declining. Productivity is up. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.

'All Labor Has Dignity': King's Other Legacy

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Central to King's philosophy was the idea that men and women of all races deserve the dignity of work, the right to earn more than poverty wages. And he knew that goal was not attainable without full-throated worker voice.

Daily Meditation: We Shall Overcome

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Read 'Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year' by Tavis Smiley

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Mar...