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50 years Ago Martin Luther King, Jr. Laid down a Challenge to America

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)

Dr. King laid down a challenge, one which we have yet to meet all the way. Today, there are those in the Republican party who would like nothing more than to drag our country back to the good old days of the 1960′s. We need to take up Dr. King’s challenge once again, and fight for equality, fight for justice, fight for jobs, and fight for the right of all Americans to vote, without the need for a government issued id.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Killed 45 years ago in Memphis

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Today in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot while standing on a balcony in Memphis. Forty-five years later, Reverend King’s last speech still resonates in American historical memory. Reverend King was a strong advocate for worker rights and was in Memphis to support the Sanitation Worker’s strike.

What Would Reagan Do?

In his eloquent “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” written in response to white ministers who criticized nonviolent activist tactics, Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote powerfully, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” It greatly bothered King that white Christians could stand by idly while oppression of fellow human beings continued unabated, “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

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…