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MLK Day and Beyond the “I Have a Dream” Speech

Leaders of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom including Rabbi Joachim Prinz,, Eugene Carson Blake, Martin Luther King, Floyd McKissick, Matthew Ahmann & John Lewis lead a procession.  (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

With Monday being Martin Luther King Day, the easy and painless post to do is to simple repost MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech which is clearly powerful and important.  But there’s a argument to be made that his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is equally as important to the Civil Rights movement as…

Arizona Passes Anti-Immigrant Law, Now What!

This is the Arizona state legislature for you. The Republican controlled legislature has approved of making Latinos second class citizens, claims President Obama is not a US Citizen (which I believe should qualify as treason), has said it is ok for husbands to rape their wives and that Martin Luther King Jr. is NOT a national hero. They are just one step away from putting Latinos into concentration camps, I better stop now, that just might give them the idea.

“I Have a Dream…”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk&feature=PlayList&p=17370270D4CF125B&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1[/youtube] “I Have a Dream” I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as…

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009): Historian and Fighter for Justice

Academics and intellectuals  – and college professors in particular – are often thought of as living in an Ivory Tower – dispassionate, disconnected, and aloof from the everyday world. And, for the most part, this reputation is deserved, especially in America, where we have often demanded a quiescence  that poses as objectivity from our academics…