We just passed an historic marker on the path to equality. Care to guess what it was? Given the worthy attention, it's not surprising if you guessed the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. But there is another anniversary that just passed too.
People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day -- both inside and outside of our own communities.
On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot i...
As we celebrate Labor Day today, we should reflect on how far we've come as a nation since 1882. And yet how far we need to go to keep improving the lives of vulnerable American workers. That's particularly true of our growing labor force of unmarried mothers, who are just barely managing to get by.
Dr. King's dream is sometimes misunderstood. It is not just about the right to vote or an end to legal discrimination. It is about fulfilling the promise of a land of opportunity and leaving a proud legacy for our children.
The success of civil rights marchers 50 years ago has made America a stronger and more equal country today. But equality means equal opportunity for all, and simply removing the immediate barriers is not enough.
Dr. King challenged the United States to do better; to make good on the "promissory note" of our founding documents, while warning that we should never revisit the grotesque sins of our collective past. But we still have so much work to do.
I missed Martin Luther King's stirring "I have A Dream" speech 50 years ago because my CBS News colleagues and I were covering the war in Vietnam. If King's speech resonated with the American people, it did not go far enough in the deep South.
Mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, poverty, high unemployment in black communities... Fifty years since King said it, "the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land." And this country still must change.
By requiring photo IDs in the polling place or proof of citizenship when registering, states are imposing unnecessary burdens to deliberately exclude citizens from the election process.
America has made progress on many fronts in the half-century since King electrified a crowd of 200,000 people, and millions of Americans watching on television, with his "I Have a Dream" address. But there is still much to do to achieve his vision of equality.
I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.
We celebrate "Dream Day" as the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and if we really plan on advancing the dream, we must recognize that every Election Day is Dream Day.
It is not only a magnificent speech we remember this week or powerful faces that beamed through glass television screens that late summer day. We remember who we are.
As we celebrate and memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington, let us also remember the other quiet heroes, whose names we may have forgotten, but who insisted that this country live up to its ideals.
Today, we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the words, "I Have a Dream," that embodied not just the hope of a race, but of a nation.