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Where Are the "Disrupters" for Labor on College Campuses?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Take a fresh look at the labor movement. You could be organizers who make the case for union membership, or push for laws that help college students and working families.

Why I Keep Raising Hell

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.26.2014 | New York
Rep. Charles Rangel

When thousands of men and women work full time but need food stamps to put food on their tables, when they can't get health benefits, when they can't get paid sick days, then we must do whatever we can to stand up for them.

Which Martin Luther King, Jr?

Richard Brand | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices
Richard Brand

The fact that Dr. King's work was evolving is seldom mentioned. At the end of his life Dr. King was fighting more for economic issues. At the end of his life, Dr. King was moving out in protest to the Vietnam war because he said he could not promote non-violence in this country and promote violence in other parts of the world.

Why We Can't Wait to Close the School Achievement Gap

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 03.21.2014 | Education
Mark Ridley-Thomas

As we mark the federal holiday that celebrates the life and work and sacrifice of Dr. King, the words of a young transformative leader in the making have been muted. A growing achievement gap affecting students of color threatens our communities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Is Still a Black Holiday for Far Too Many Americans

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The blind eye, indifference or even out right disrespect of the King holiday 28 years after the first was officially observed shouldn't really surprise. It took decades and hard battles to get the King federal holiday bill enacted in the first place.

On Dr. King's Struggles and Sources of Strength

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 03.18.2014 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Based on the strength he drew from the voice he heard, King gathered himself to continue the fight for justice and equality.

The 3 Ways Martin Luther King Jr. Saved Your Soul

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

I would argue that in many ways, this is King's greatest legacy. His courage to proceed in a mission that, by any rational calculation would have been doomed to fail, is a lesson for all of us to learn. Without hope, without faith that there can be a better future, there will not be one.

Celebrating the 85th Birthday of Martin Luther King (Part II)

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The greatest threat in 2014 to the legacy of Dr. King's as we remember his birthday today is the silence and inaction of those people who so loudly proclaim their commitment to his "Dream" and their current commemoration of his birthday.

Celebrating the 85th Birthday of Martin Luther King (Part I)

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Violence lies like molten lava beneath the surface of our society, just waiting to erupt. We can choose to be bystanders, cover our eyes and ears, or become pro-active to meet the challenge that Dr. King's legacy commitment to non-violence presents to us.

Coming Out as Jewish

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

When I speak on coming out and bring in my own experiences, I often leaven the stories with references to Jewish law and tradition. In some respects, not only am I repeatedly coming out to these audiences as trans and gay, but I'm also coming out as Jewish.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

The Gay Man Who Organized the March on Washington

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Bayard Rustin is just one more reminder that there is a lot more to social movements than the most famous names. Behind each name you know, there are thousands of names you do not know.

A Child Without Dreams

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How many millions of children who were hurt or neglected themselves grow up hopeless, hate-filled, and continue the cycle of hurting others? All children deserve to be allowed and encouraged to dream by the adults around them in their homes, schools, and communities.

Mrs. Rosa Parks -- Before and After the Bus

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, too many would-be movement leaders simply want to be Dr. King or Mrs. Rosa Parks: they want the glory and privilege of leadership without the burdens or sacrifice and sustained hard work. Movements are not built from the top down by powerful leaders but percolate from the bottom up from people who share common grievances.

Remembering MLK: Standing Up to the Dream Killers

Van Jones | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Van Jones

Today, April 4th, 2012, marks the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. It's a good time to reflect on the state of not only Dr. King's dream, but the American dream at large.

The Peter Paul Center Route Out of Poverty

Kevin Powell | Posted 04.15.2012 | DC
Kevin Powell

It's simply not enough for politicians to suggest the poor in America have an unapologetic dependency on government assistance. That is why I greatly admire the Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond, Virginia's east end.

Dr. King's Volcanic Mountaintop Seductively Explosive

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

This is not a play for the faint-hearted, but it is a celebration of life, love, and country.

King's Eloquence Goes Far Beyond "I Have A Dream"

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The best-known parts of "I Have A Dream" have entered into a sort of comfortable familiarity, which allows everyone to view them without being challenged by the more pointed things Dr. King had to say that day.

King in Stone and Reality

Hermene Hartman | Posted 10.26.2011 | Black Voices
Hermene Hartman

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.

Have You Talked To YOUR Kids About Racism?

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

I've been quizzing the various kids in my life about what they know and what they've learned about Dr. King. And what they say is a little surprising.

MLK: A Man for All Times and People

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

As I reflect on Martin Luther King, I realize that most people think about MLK only as someone focused on the rights of African Americans, but in reality, he was concerned with the whole story.

Martin Luther King Day Is for Work

Nelson Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

I'm writing this on Martin Luther King Day which is a widely celebrated holiday but my office is open for business today. Like many national holidays,...

Invoking Dr. King, Charles Barkley Stands Strongly for LGBT Rights

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dave Zirin

I am always astounded by Charles Barkley. It's not just that the NBA Hall of Famer-turned-announcer speaks without a filter. It's that Barkley actually has something to say.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vietnam Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, a Defense Department official made a rather startling statement, to the effect that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Let's see what King really would have said.

MLK Day And Arizona Evoke Memories Of Selma

Father Paul Mayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Father Paul Mayer

Dr. King's birthday celebration should give us an opportunity to hear his true message of nonviolence, not merely the broadly acceptable excerpts from the "I Have a Dream" speech.