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Martin Luther King Jr

Why Are We So Ashamed of Our Women Heroes?

Charles Clymer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Women
Charles Clymer

Society tells us young men can't think of women as role models, unless they're a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.

Choose to Wear #42

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

I still have the photograph of my brother and me shaking hands with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. As I look at it, my mind goes back to a balmy evening in April of 1954. I was 15 years old and my father proudly brought his two sons to the first baseball game of our lives.

How to Make a Bomb in 7 Easy Steps

Mark Olmsted | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

In the end, the only reason you need to not build a bomb is what is does to you. It is soul-killing to be a murderer. You want to do something with your feelings of alienation? Go out and practice random acts of kindness. Raise money for refugees. Fight for justice.

Dr. King's Sword: Responding To Boston

Scott Perlo | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Every weapon has a recoil: when used, it kicks back at the one who used it. Among the reasons that Dr. King was a great man was that he knew how to choose his weapon.

PHOTOS: Site Of MLK's Birmingham Jail Letter Gets Historical Marker

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 16 (Reuters) - Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter helped unveil a historical marker on Tuesday i...

The 50th Anniversary of a Letter's Living Legacy

Eric Motley | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Motley

In his cell, fifty years ago this week, Dr. King wrote what became known as the manifesto of the civil rights movement, the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," in which he set forth his views on justice and nonviolence and challenged the consciences not just of his addressees but of the world

Dear God, Do You Ever Get Discouraged?

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

My heart is breaking. I wept when I heard of the bombs in Boston. My heart had been celebrating before the news, but even that joy is tinged with sorrow.

Still Learning From the Birmingham Jail

Angela Onwuachi-Willig | Posted 06.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Angela Onwuachi-Willig

This month presents an opportune moment to reflect upon what guidance Dr. King's poignant words can offer our society in addressing what some have called "the new civil rights movement": the same-sex marriage movement.

Dr. King's 'Two Americas' Truer Now than Ever

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Martin Luther King, Jr., had more than a dream -- he envisioned what America could be, if only it lived up to its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for each and every citizen. That's what we have conveniently forgotten.

MLK's "Two Americas" Truer Than Ever | Posted 04.11.2013 | Black Voices

You may think you know about Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is much about the man and his message we have conveniently forgotten. He was a prophet...

Martin: In Memory and In Life

Mumia Abu-Jamal | Posted 06.08.2013 | Black Voices
Mumia Abu-Jamal

We know that the true Martin Luther King does not dwell in statues, in ghetto streets bearing his name, or in schools where children are violated daily in buildings erected in his name. His true spirit dwells with the least of these,

1,000 Days To Go

Katherine Marshall | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The call coming today from many quarters is that we must, as a community of humanity, keep the promises and goals of that millennium moment alive as the clock ticks down to December 2015 -- just 1,000 days away.

He Said, "I Ought to Kill You"

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Today, forty-five years after Martin Luther King was killed, where are we? For one thing, we have vastly more guns, in every neighborhood.

45 Years Ago: April 5th and 6th, 1968... The Who Debut at the Fillmore East the Night After MLK Jr.'s Assassination

Binky Philips | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

For a great many of us tender shoots, rock music was oxygen, the air we breathed. This opening had been fiercely anticipated. That worn-out dump in the seedy East Village was now... Mecca!

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Martin Luther King Jr. 'Would Not Yet Be Satisfied' With Voting Rights | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Martin Luther King Jr. "would not yet be satisfied" with the progress the nation has made on protecting voting rights, Attorney General ...

WATCH: Never-Before-Seen Video Of MLK Assassin

The Huffington Post | Peter Finocchiaro | Posted 04.04.2013 | Black Voices

Almost exactly 45 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, new video footage has surfaced of his killer, James Earl Ray. Th...

The Story of the Common Good (Video)

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.

April 4, 1968

Janus Adams | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

The next day as my mother brushed my hair for school, I saw a different me in the mirror. At age 8, northern, white parents had spat on me and torn my clothes for trespassing what they saw as their "turf" and I saw as school. Now, touched by King, I felt cleansed.

Advancing the Dream Through Education

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Charles Rangel

On April 4, we remember the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose leadership and valor during the Civil Rights Movement continue to inspire many Americans to fight for justice and equality.

Martin Luther King's Dream Will Not Die

Grant Woods | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Grant Woods

On April 3, 1968, Mike Cody was sitting in his Memphis law office when he got the call that Dr. Martin Luther King needed help. That phone call and the events that followed rocked the young lawyer and laid the foundation of values upon which he built his career.

A $10,500 MLK Letter For Sale

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 04.04.2013 | Black Voices

PHILADELPHIA -- A dealer of rare historic documents is selling a letter from Martin Luther King Jr. to a Philadelphia police officer who was assigned ...

Learning From the Past; Teach Your Children Well

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

There are many lessons to be learned in moments from our pasts. Teach your children well and remember that food can be your tool.

Why We Should Stop Celebrating The 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We need to resurrect the message in MLK's Letter From a Birmingham Jail -- the message that continues to call us to seek justice and to understand that "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Businessweek's Shocking Cartoon Cover

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Lisa Kaas Boyle

This display of prejudice should not be tolerated as we fight to overcome our history of racism and endeavor to educate a new generation about the value of diversity.

A Second Emancipation

Taylor Branch | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Taylor Branch

In 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Kennedy took a stroll through the White House. When they passed the Lincoln Bedroom, King noticed the Emancipation Proclamation wall, and took the opportunity to raise the issue of civil rights. He suggested something radical: a second Emancipation Proclamation.