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The Legacy of King’s Influence from Black Power to Black Lives Matter

By Jakobi Williams   Several political and media pundits have drawn parallels between activists of the Black Power movement of the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement of today.  However, few have included the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence upon and connection to both periods of struggle as the foundation of the bond that links the two movements.  These connections are both obvious and obscure, and appear in examples that not only align... Read More
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Martin, Sidney, and Oscar

By Aram Goudsouzian   As Sidney Poitier strode across the stage of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the audience erupted in cheers. People stood, they clapped, they whistled and roared, they yelled Bravo! The elegant, tuxedo-clad actor stepped behind the podium, holding a composed smile as the applause washed over him. [1] The occasion was the fortieth presentation of the Academy Awards. But Poitier did not win an Oscar. He was not even nominated – he was announcing the... Read More
at Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Reclaiming King II

By Ibram X. Kendi   When Americans remember Martin Luther King Jr., we first and foremost remember his  “dream” that “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” When we celebrate and observe King’s dream from the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, we celebrate and observe America’s march of racial progress over the last five... Read More
at Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Defining the Dream

Each generation looks at history from a different perspective. As someone who came of age in the 1960s, I followed King’s agenda closely. When he urged young men to refuse the draft, I became a conscientious objector. When he called on us to confront racial and economic inequality, I went on a bus from Pontiac, Michigan, to join the Poor People’s Campaign mass march on June 12, 1968. As a Conscientious Objector, I even followed the King legacy down to Memphis. I worked there for... Read More
at Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Black Women, Civil Rights and the Struggle for Bodily Integrity

Danielle L. McGuire   On September 3, 1944, Mrs. Recy Taylor , a slender, copper-colored and beautiful twenty-four-year-old mother and sharecropper, walked home from a church revival in Abbeville, Alabama. Just past midnight, a gang of armed white men, kidnapped her off the street, forced her into their green Chevrolet and drove her to a wooded stand a few miles outside town. Herbert Lovett, a 24-year-old private in the United States Army ordered Taylor to undress and get on the... Read More
at Thursday, October 19, 2017
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