Reclaiming MLK

Reclaiming MLK

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “the problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.” Join us to look deeper into this often overlooked advocacy by Dr. King on these...
For Black Americans, MLK’s Dream Still Isn’t Reality

For Black Americans, MLK’s Dream Still Isn’t Reality

Not long ago, I saw a comment on an online article about the rise in protests for black civil rights. “We gave you a president,” wrote the commenter. “We gave you your damn Oscar. What more do you want?” Never mind the White House. What many black people still long...
Black Youth and Elusive Freedom

Black Youth and Elusive Freedom

This summer brought too many new videos of black men — Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Phillando Castile in a St. Paul suburb, Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma — losing their lives at the hands of police officers. As these videos circulated, I found myself crying...
Where Do We Go From Here

Where Do We Go From Here

At this tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the discussion will tease out the role of popular culture: 60s vs. now, the international implications of Dr. King’s Vision, and the links between economic exploitation and racism. Participants include: Dr. Clarence...

Reflecting on Dr. King’s Legacy

On this day when our nation is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, I am reflecting on his legacy and our current challenges. I am wondering how we can prove worthy of the dream. As a champion of justice and peace, Dr. King would clearly be outraged at the...
Stop the CEO March on Washington

Stop the CEO March on Washington

In these closing days of summer, a growing number of news stories have interrupted our final days at the beach and asked us to pause and remember the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington that occurred on August 28, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King and the...
A Day to Remember A Martyr

A Day to Remember A Martyr

The militancy and radicalism of El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (a.k.a. Malcolm X) has made his legacy harder to hijack by those of the status quo than that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but that hijack is being attempted nonetheless. It has to be. Learning about the life...
What Would King Say of the Obama Era?

What Would King Say of the Obama Era?

The coincidence that the presidential inauguration should fall on Martin Luther King Day provides much food for thought. Certainly, Barack Obama’s decision to use King’s Bible for his swearing-in ceremony invites progressives to make an unflattering...
Black Women Make History Too

Black Women Make History Too

We celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in January, and now the country has moved into Black History Month. MLK left an enduring mark on our hearts and souls. But he was part of a team, and the other half of that team — his wife Coretta Scott...
Obama: Selectively Honoring MLK

Obama: Selectively Honoring MLK

At the end of August, I headed over to the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial right before the hurricane. I returned this past weekend for the official dedication, which brought more than 10,000 people to what now is sacred ground. During the ceremony,...
Iran Assassination Plot Has Earmarks of FBI Care and Feeding

Iran Assassination Plot Has Earmarks of FBI Care and Feeding

Last weekend the Martin Luther King memorial was unveiled in Washington, evoking his speech “I have a dream.” I was having a dream too, but mine wandered between nightmare and “déjà vu all over again.” Unlike many on the left in...