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Martin Luther King Jr

On April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Sen. Robert F. Kennedy spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. Kennedy’s speech on the “mindless menace of violence” continues to resonate. Less than 24 hours earlier, Kennedy was campaigning in Indianapolis for the Democratic nomination for president. There, at an […] Read More

Are the differences between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as big as some make out? Personally, I don’t think so. About three years before his death, King underwent a conversion. Agreed, it did not parallel Malcolm’s Mecca conversion, but it was significant enough to lead to a dramatic change in King’s thinking and […] Read More

The Power of Love

A worldwide audience listened last weekend to a sermon about the power of love at the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle. Delivered by Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the sermon has received a global reception as a message the world needed to hear. Building upon a quote from Martin Luther King […] Read More

Today is the launch of the new Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) activities. The original PPC was inaugurated by Martin Luther King Jr. Mainly because of his tragic assassination 601 months ago, it didn’t accomplish what he had hoped for. The primary leader of the new PPC is William Barber II. The original PPC was created […] Read More

Headlines and social media feeds were filled earlier this month with articles about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968. King wrote his powerful “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” five years earlier on April 16, 1963. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was a regional expansion of the local work, […] Read More

How did the death of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, birth a black church-led movement for environmental justice? Well, the story begins in Memphis, the city of King’s murder, where decades prior African-Americans left the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to do the hazardous work of waste collection in the city. […] Read More

The hum of the wheels, the rush of the wind and the pattern of pedaling a bike ease many of my life’s stressors. At times, I use my favorite hobby to do bigger things for people I don’t know but whose stories need to be heard. Civil Rides – a three-day bike trip on April […] Read More

Malcolm X’s Chicago house had been firebombed that morning. Both Malcolm and Martin Luther King Jr. were in New York for speaking engagements. Malcolm had requested a secret meeting with King. King had agreed. It is a fictional account by Jeff Stetson titled “The Meeting.” In this play, Stetson speculates what these two influential, yet […] Read More

I must confess: I rarely watch the Super Bowl. I am usually on a plane (with very few others, mercifully) when the big game comes on. I am used to hearing the score from pilots, and I always wonder if they are really watching in the cockpit. I am not a great football fan, far […] Read More

Martin Luther King Jr., is a cultural hero, and deservedly so. His role in the long and arduous drama of the civil rights struggle is recognized and celebrated around the country and internationally. He is noted and quoted even by the political heirs of those who treated him with contempt during and after his lifetime. […] Read More