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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is America’s most important holiday. It is the only holiday in which America is forced to honestly assess its racial history. Dr. King’s life is a microcosm of how America deals with race. Because when you celebrate Dr. King’s fight for freedom and justice, it removes America’s cloak of moral…

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Martin Luther King III statement on the passing of civil and human rights leader Julian Bond: “I join the world in expressing my heartfelt condolences to Julian Bond’s entire family. Our nation has lost an extraordinary champion for freedom and justice. As one of my father’s most revered students, he was a prominent fighter for social…

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Alberta Williams King

Every American student knows that Dr. Martin L. King Jr. was assassinated by James Earle Ray, but very few are aware of the murder of his mother, Alberta Williams King. On Sunday June 30, 1974, church service was being held at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Mrs. King was acting as the church organist and had just…

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With the historical drama Selma showing in movie theaters nationwide, the film has highlighted the role Selma, Alabama, played in Black history. There are many reasons to visit. Here are five that make Selma a must. –Jubilee was voted one of the Top 100 Events to attend in North America. This year, Jubilee will be commemorating…

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Mary Scanlon had no idea a $3 purchase from a Goodwill store in Phoenix would turn out to be a rare link to the Civil Rights movement’s most revered leader. Last April, Scanlon was at the thrift store when she spotted a pile of 35 vintage reel-to-reel tapes, including one labeled with the Rev. Martin…

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“This is very clear this needs to be investigated, someone is passing the buck, and this was not from an overdose. This nation has a long and marked history of not understanding the category of personhood. [George] Zimmerman, for example, is a victim of this history. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said of St. Augustine,…

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Martin Luther King Jr. not only received a Nobel Peace Prize in addition to numerous other awards his life matched his message of nonviolence. His message is still one that every day we have to fight to pass on to our youth. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day listed below are 10 very…

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On the “A” w/Souleo… As the nation prepares to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20, actor Brandon J. Dirden hopes that people will not only remember King as a powerful reverend and activist, but also as an astute politician. Dirden portrays King in the forthcoming Broadway play, All the Way, which begins previews on…

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Freedom 2 Twerk Flyer

In an appalling flyer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shown with sagging jeans, gold chains and throwing up gang signs for a “FREEDOM 2 TWERK” party geared toward teens in Flint, Mich. It’s totally disrespectful to not only the King legacy but also to the fact that Dr. King paid the ultimate sacrifice for…

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Martin Luther King Jr was not only an African-American Civil Rights Movement leader but he led a life of inspiration and motivation to others. He spoke in front of thousands of people and even if you were not alive to hear him speak in person his words still ring true now. Listed below are 10 famous…

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Happy birthday Martin Luther King Jr.! King, African American Civil Rights Movement leader, clergyman and national icon who used civil disobedience to combat institutionalized racism. At age 25, he became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama. He traveled to India in April 1959 after being inspired by the nonviolent protests of Mahatma Gandhi. King married Coretta…

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President Barack Obama’s half brother is publishing the follow up to his semiautobiographical novel with an autobiography, which featured an abusive parent patterned on their late father. Mark Obama Ndesandjo also recounts his sporadic but intense encounters with his brother over the years in Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery. The self-published book, to be released…

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They despise the air that the other breathes, but President Obama and Dr. Cornel West have made the most influential list in a prominent publication. The president and the Princeton professor made the GQ list of “The 25 Least Influential People of 2013.” President Obama is ranked at No. 17. “He can blame Republicans in…

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Many probably wonder just how President Obama rises to face the never-ending challenges of the world — much less the shenanigans and machinations of his Republican adversaries — and yet remain strong. Each morning for the past five years, while he is alone before most of his aides arrived at the White House, President Obama…

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