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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.
Trump, Racism, Racial Backlash

Donald Trump Serves Up The Latest Chapter Of Racial Backlash

If there is any consolation on the King holiday of 2017, it is the assurance that the American backlash is sure to generate new forms of multiracial resistance in the spirit of America itself. The union of free Americans who ejected slavery, embraced voting rights, shook off Jim Crow, and elected a mixed-race president is nothing if not resilient.

January 17, 2017

9 Radical MLK Quotes The Mainstream Media Won’t Mention

In real life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for civil rights. The next time you see MLK corrupted and misused as a tool of capitalism, racism, and unchecked white supremacy, recall that MLK said “a riot is the language of the unheard.”

January 16, 2017
Obama, Farewell Speech, GOP

Obama Lays Out His Vision For Stopping Trump And The GOP

On the surface, President Barack Obama’s farewell address recounted his achievements, values, and still-hopeful vision for America—much like the best speeches. But not far below was a clear template telling his supporters how and where to defend against threats by Trump and the GOP to the America they believe in.

January 11, 2017
Trump voters

As Trump Reminds Us, We’ve Had WMSVD Disease For Ages

This White Male Supremacy Violence Disease (WMSVD) insinuated itself deeply into the brains of successive generations of white humans in religious, government, educational, economic, media, and military institutions.

November 28, 2016

‘All Lives Matter’ — Words Of Moral Cowardice

Dr. Martin Luther King’s name is being invoked by yet another conservative who has apparently never heard or read anything King said with the possible exception of the last few minutes of the “I Have A Dream” speech.

August 24, 2015

Congressman Lou Stokes, Warrior And Friend

Lou was singular among high-ranking public officials — in his refusal to let his title trump his humanity.

August 20, 2015

Four Confederate Flags Left At MLK Center, Church In Atlanta

Four Confederate flags were placed overnight at Ebenezer Baptist Church and the MLK Visitor Center in Atlanta.

July 30, 2015
David Oyelowow as Martin Luther King Jr in Selma

David Oyelowo Tackles King Role In ‘Selma’

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) In the emotionally potent historical drama Selma, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a dangerous crusade to secure equal voting rights for black Americans. Oscar watchers expect the film to have as much impact as last year’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave. David Oyelowo, a […]

January 5, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Sale, The MLK Legacy

“I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.” — Martin Luther King Jr., Feb. 4, 1968 Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are […]

February 10, 2014

On Race, Conservatives Are Silent

“I have a 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.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes, you get the feeling that’s the only King quote conservatives know. They can’t […]

January 27, 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Minimum Wage, Martin Luther King’s Dream Is Far From Achieved

Among the many issues on which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. focused was economic opportunity for all. Just over 50 years ago, Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. The rally confronted an array of political, social, and economic […]

January 20, 2014

Sarah Palin Plays ‘The Race Card’ On Martin Luther King Day

Former Republican nominee for vice president Sarah Palin used the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to attack the first African-American president of the United States: “I have a 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, […]

January 20, 2014

EXCERPT: “Waking From The Dream: The Struggle For Civil Rights In The Shadow Of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Today, The National Memo brings you an excerpt from Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David L Chappell, professor of Modern American History at The University of Oklahoma. Chappell pays tribute to Dr. King’s legacy, as well as the accomplishments of other civil […]

January 20, 2014

On Hearing The Real Dr. King

WASHINGTON — We tend to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed. We forget the King who at the time of his ministry was labeled an “extremist,” who explicitly called out “moderates” for urging African-Americans to slow down their march to justice, who […]

August 29, 2011

Americans Still See Racial Inequality, Doubt That Obama Can Solve It

As the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication on Aug. 28 approaches, people have begun to wonder the extent to which Dr. King’s dream of racial equality has become reality. Recent studies suggest that Americans have seen advances in civil rights but that the goal of full equality is not yet accomplished. While a USA […]

August 24, 2011