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Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day Could Have Been Michael Luther Branham Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

In the 10-15 years following Emancipation, there was some experimentation with surnames, so it's not unusual to find a family with one name in the 1870 census and an entirely different one in the 1880.

The Legacy of Dr. King and Our Struggle to End AIDS

Paul Kawata | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
Paul Kawata

As our nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and the second inauguration of President Obama, NMAC stands ready to fight for the vision of equality and justice that both of these men embody.

Inauguration, MLK Day Mark Rare Intersection

Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

By KATE BRUMBACK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA — President Barack Obama plans to use a Bible that belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as ...

Creating a Job Search Literacy Community Roundtable for MLK Jr. Day

Sudy Bharadwaj | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
Sudy Bharadwaj

Can you provide free workshops to help them realize what tools are available to pinpoint these local job openings? Or perhaps your area has low literacy rates, so holding resume and cover letter writing workshops would be beneficial for these job seekers.

Tolerance Is a Bad Word

Galit Breen | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Galit Breen

My children may tolerate spinach, long grown-up conversations and too-cold-to-play-outside days. But they will not tolerate people. People are meant to be celebrated. Enjoyed. Marveled at and learned from.

Master of the Sound Bite: Martin Luther King Jr.

David Aronchick | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
David Aronchick

Rarely do inspirational sound bites, like the ones spoken by Dr. King, make headlines anymore, which is a shame. Our world is in need of another Dr. King, of someone who can shift the world in its balance over the course of a single speech.

Reflecting On Diversity In Islam Through Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aamir Hussain | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

Just as America is strengthened by accepting immigrants from all over the world, Islam is also continually enriched through contact with a myriad of unique cultures.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: A Day of Service and the President's Inauguration

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Let's make this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the most successful national service day yet. Here are five ideas to use if you or someone you know has an excuse for not participating.

'Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve'

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

This may be the defining quote in today's community service movement. But if Dr. King were alive today, what would he think of our culture of service? How would he respond to the great disconnect that often exists between faith and service?

WATCH: MLK's Speeches Still Resonate Today

Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 84th birthday this year, and despite his assassination more than four decades ago, his speeches s...

A New Climate Vision on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Father Paul Mayer | Posted 03.16.2013 | Green
Father Paul Mayer

A network of religious leaders called Interfaith Moral Action on Climate has concluded that, were he still alive today, Dr. King would join them in declaring that climate change is one of the greatest moral issues of our time.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.: A Day on, Not a Day off

Ryan Scott | Posted 03.10.2013 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once observed, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" On MLK Jr. Day, Dr. King's dream of a nation of freedom and justice for all becomes every American's dream as people throughout the country come together to answer his question.

Wal-Mart's MLK

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Is Wal-Mart trying to burnish their image by tying their company to the image of America's great champion for civil rights and workers?

Obama Announces Day Of Service To Kick Off Inauguration

Posted 12.07.2012 | Impact

President Barack Obama announced today there will be a national day of service on Jan. 19 -- one day before he takes the oath, the AP reports. “T...

Working to Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day A National Holiday, From Donna Brazile (WATCH)

Posted 08.20.2013 | MarloThomas

Donna Brazile, Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, spoke about her early days in politics and her connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...

Jesmyn Ward: What Black History Month Means To Me

Jesmyn Ward | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Jesmyn Ward

What I learned of Black History when I was younger was personal, built on a family history of resistance

Wisdom From Dr. King Helps Center My Education Activism

Teach Plus | Posted 03.19.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Firing good, hardworking teachers in order to get rid of the bad ones feels illogical, demoralizing, and destabilizing -- to the adults as well as to children.

For Black History Month, Ten Key Films on the African-American Experience

John Farr | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With Martin Luther King's birthday just past us, and Black History month coming up, the time seems right to celebrate those invaluable films that shed light on the black community's long struggle for equal rights in this country.

MLK, USA: Many King Streets Stuck On Economic Outskirts

AOL Real Estate | Posted 01.18.2012 | Black Voices

Twenty-six years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was first honored with a holiday, his legacy has flourished -- and not just in the annals of hi...

Revisionist History and 'The Food Stamp President': Celebrating MLK Day With the GOP Candidates

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Monday could have been an opportunity for the GOP candidates to express their support for the myriad advances of the Civil Rights movement and the problems that remain, but it turned into a mess of racially-charged attacks on African Americans, immigrants and the poor instead.

Dishonoring the King Legacy:
 An Assault on the Right to Protest

Rev. Calvin Morris | Posted 03.19.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Calvin Morris

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched, and led historic marches of thousands, through the streets of city after city. Mayor Emanuel's proposed changes to the ordinances governing our right to protest fly in the face of Dr. King's legacy.

I'm Just A Person

Charissa Newkirk | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Charissa Newkirk

When I fill out a college application, they will never know that I sing in the shower and used to play with Harry Potter Legos. What will they see? I'm a girl. I'm smart. And I'm black.

We Are All Trustees for Our Children "Anger" and "Hope"

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.18.2012 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Words, when spoken, are the oral paints a wordsmith uses to color the blank communication canvas before him. The choice of words, like the colors of paints, is always a formidable communications challenge.

WATCH: Graphic Designer Slammed For MLK Strip Club Flyer

Posted 01.17.2012 | Black Voices

It's not uncommon for businesses to use Martin Luther King Day for a number of promotions. But the decision to use the Civil Rights leader's image on ...

Education as a Civil Right? Interview With WNYC's Brian Lehrer on MLK Day Event at the Brooklyn Museum

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York
Ellen Freudenheim

Education was the theme of the jam-packed, sold-out, sixth annual MLK Day celebration at the Brooklyn Museum, In MLK's Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right, moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer.