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Haiti: Negative Commentary and MLK Jr.

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martha St Jean

It is a shame that David Brooks chooses to see the situation in Haiti only in terms of dollars and cents, when he should view it in light of humanity.

Today's Education "Reforms" Were Not Martin Luther King's Dream

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Was that Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream? King fought for equality of educational opportunity, not for a "Race to the Top" for the lucky few. He never promoted private management of public education.

Is Progress Possible? The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Celebrating MLK day without acknowledging religion is like admiring the exterior of the car without understanding the fuel and engine that makes it go.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes: Famous Sayings For MLK Day 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Martin Luther King Jr. quotes prove this man had a way with words, a special means of conveying ideas and having people look at the world with a new p...

Towards a Just and Prosperous Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Dr. Martin Luther King's argument 42 years ago that spreading wealth would help to spread justice and peace could not be more timely than it is today.

Education Reform: The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

John Legend | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Legend

While Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for our laws to not discriminate, our education system still helps perpetuate inequity.

Ritually Devaluing MLK, Institution Style

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirin Sadeghi

MLK would have been dismayed at best at the glaring failure of too many American institutions to sincerely educate their staff on the values that King strove so hard to engender in our society.

I Have A Dream Speech: WATCH Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Address (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The "I Have A Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington D.C., is his most famous and on this MLK Day 2010, you may be i...

Martin Luther King, Jr: A True Servant Leader

James Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Perry

New Orleans needs more than a new person in office; it needs a whole new style of leadership, a new direction and a fresh start.

LA Commemorates MLK Day

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed today with a parade in South Los Angeles and school beautification efforts in Van Nuys and East L.A., all ...

The Faith of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nathan Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Harden

When religion becomes a mere political instrument, the results are not pretty. But the positive influence of faith on American politics is a historical fact. King's life proves it.

Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose contributions to civil rights in Chicago and beyond are unparalleled, many people are taking their ...

Martin Luther King and a Freedom Budget for All Americans

Chester Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chester Hartman

Some 40 million of our fellow countrymen -women and -children today live in poverty, according to the obsolete government measure that understates the problem. We need a Freedom Budget for all Americans.

Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of al-Qaeda, Parts 1 and 2

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

In commemoration of the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, we must now call upon the children and grandchildren of that grand alliance to defeat al Qaeda.

Martin Luther King's Legacy and Israel's Future

Ira Chernus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ira Chernus

On this MLK Day, American Jews can dwell on one easily misinterpreted remark to justify continued Israeli violence. Or they can call on their government to demand a genuine halt to all settlement expansion.

Service on King Day and Beyond

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Isaac Newton Farris Jr.

On King Day and beyond, organizations and communities across the country need you -- your skills, your experience and your caring -- to make a meaningful difference in the lives of your fellow Americans.

Glenn Beck Announces His "100-Year Plan" For America

thinkprogress.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, while promoting his latest book at "a festive campaign-style rally" in The Villages in Florida, Fox News host Glenn Beck announced that he ...

Help for Haiti

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

Those of us who can must heed the call for help in whatever way possible. AFSCME is donating an initial $25,000 to the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center's Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers fund.

Jewish Voices of Color Must be Heard

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David A. Love

As we enter this holiday season, Jews around the world will celebrate Hanukah. The Jewish community is a diverse one, a multicultural and multiracial assemblage, by no means monolithic, representing millions of people throughout the world.

The State of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream in 2010

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

Many forget that the March on Washington, where King delivered his famed "I Have a Dream" speech, was actually called the "March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs."

How Sweet The Sound: An Interview With Joan Baez

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

For most of the fifty years since she debuted at the Newport Folk Festival, Joan Baez has dedicated her life and music to fighting for equality and social justice, and for bringing about positive change in the world.

What Would MLK Do?

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

January 15th marks the 81st birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. In the 41 years since Dr. King's assassin, many of us wonder what King would be doing if he were alive today.

Suketu Mehta: Bombay's Biographer

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Suketu Mehta's masterwork, Maximum City, did for Bombay what the immortals Dickens and Balzac did for London and Paris.

Honoring King: Economic Justice for All

John Gehring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Gehring

As we pause to honor King's legacy, it's tempting to sanitize his radical call for economic justice or temper his prophetic words about war.

Liz Cheney Knows Racism When She Sees It (She Was Raised in It)

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

After years of supporting her racist father, Liz Cheney is finally calling out racism where she sees it -- in the words of Harry Reid.