Saturday, March 28, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
Waking From The Dream

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