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Martin Luther King Jr

Marching for Peace, 1967

Hart Hooton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hart Hooton

Every year, on this day honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., I recall my encounter with him at a peace march. I was nine and growing up in Greenwich Village in New York City.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Nobel Prayer

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The vitriol against Obama's peace prize and "those Norwegians" who gave it to him is much deeper than the president's lack of achievements thus far; it is based on a fundamental clash of worldviews.

You Only Need a Heart Full of Grace

Michelle Nunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

On Martin Luther King Day, millions of Americans around the country will take a "day on" not a "day off." This year, every individual has the opportunity to answer President Obama's call to serve.

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.

Taylor Branch To Reveal "The Clinton Tapes"

GQ | Wil S. Hylton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It has been nearly forty years since three young Democratic activists named Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham, and Taylor Branch moved into a small apartme...

Peeling Away the "Obama Phenomenon": An Interview with Paul Street

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

Street goes beyond the Obama phenomenon and investigates who Obama is and what he's all about in Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics.

Minorities and Health Care: What's the Real Story?

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

While health care is in need of radical reform for millions of Americans, minorities and especially blacks have historically suffered disproportionately from poor or non-existent health care.

Final Thoughts on Beer Summits and Postracial Paradoxes

Jonathan Rieder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Rieder

Now that the dust from the Gates dust-up has settled, a bit of perspective is in order. Glib invocations of a color-blind society were always too breathless.

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now. That's how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually.

Jackson's Death Means We're All Older Now and Need to Sober Up

Francesca Biller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francesca Biller

The passing of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett has hit us near-baby boomers and full-on baby boomers with a rock and roll punch to the gut we weren't ready for.

For Gays in the Military, Obama's Good Intentions Not Enough

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Good intentions are no substitute for the change our service members are counting on, especially those who might like to be relieved from a third or fourth or fifth tour in Iraq or Afghanistan.