We don't need concrete demands to sympathize with the frustration and anger that Americans feel. The Occupy Wall Street movement is the grassroots activism we need to pay attention to -- and it is the start of action.
Last week we lost two great visionary leaders whose impact on the world has forever changed our lives. Yet, sadly, I think we missed the opportunity to make their contributions to society a real teachable moment for our children.
Last week America lost a man who changed the world. If you assume I'm referring to Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who passed away last week after a lengthy battle with cancer, you'd be wrong. I'm actually referring to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.
Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Harry Belafonte shattered boundaries, risked his life and became a voice for humanity. His inspiring and compelling journey is chronicled in HBO's deeply beautiful memoir documentary, Sing Your Song.
Before he died, Troy told us that this was about more than him -- and he called on those of us who have fought against his execution to continue fighting for justice, even if we weren't successful in saving his life.
King was profound in a profane world. He was amazingly impactful and proved that one man can make a difference. As we see King today, as we mount a statue on the Washington mall, the backdrop is politicians gone mad.
I am part of a generation that stands on the shoulders of giants from the modern civil rights movement. And now my generation is called to no less of an urgent state of affairs. The dream of our democracy -- advanced and protected by heroes past and present -- is still not yet achieved.
Lke Dr. King, we have not yet arrived in the Promised Land. Yes, there's a black man in the White House. Barack Obama is there as President of the United States. But one man doesn't erase the persistence of racism in America and its grim consequences.
Some will say: This is yet another movie about the civil-rights movement moment in our history, in which the white people are the heroes, saving the black characters. But that's far too simplistic a reading of The Help.