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The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock is the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Warnock is married to Oulèye Ndoye Warnock and the couple has two children. When did you know that God was calling you to be a messenger of the gospel? Honestly,…

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The MLK 5K Walk and Run is among many events that bring the community together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, Jan. 15, Chip Owens hosted the annual event at Atlanta’s Park Tavern adjacent to Piedmont Park which attracted 2,500 eager registrants. “Dr. King’s vision was the beloved community. The beloved…

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Almost everyone would agree that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man who worked tirelessly to right many of the grave injustices that Blacks faced during the civil rights era. However, when considering Dr. King’s legacy, many people often forget that he held some pretty radical views on everything from his staunch stance against the Vietnam…

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Since 1975, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s PUSH Excel has promoted academic excellence by working with large corporations to create opportunities, transform the lives of students and improve communities. The program has received U.S. Department of Education recognition for inspiring minority students to move beyond their circumstances of poverty, violence, and inadequate resources to achieve excellence through education and…

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Selma, the first studio film to center around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is the big winner among the critics representing the African-American Film Critics Association also known as the AAFCA. The Paramount film earned multiple awards from AAFCA for best director, Ava DuVernay; best actor for Oyelowo and best song for its John Legend…

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A special screening was held for the upcoming MLK Jr. film Selma at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco followed by a Q-and-A with director-executive producer, Ava DuVernay, producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and actor David Oyelowo (who plays Martin Luther King). Selma, from Paramount Pictures, Pathé and Harpo Films, is in select theaters on Christmas Day and opens nationwide Jan. 9, 2015.…

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Charles Steele Jr. is president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was co-founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he served eight years on the City Council and 2 ½ terms in the Alabama state Senate before leaving to helm SCLC from 2004 to 2009.…

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On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2014, at St. Luke Community U.M.C., the congregation witnessed living history. We were blessed with profound words from Congressman John Lewis, the man who talked, walked and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interestingly, as we walked up to the church doors, my 6-year-old daughter asked me why everyone was…

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