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Fred Korematsu, born 100 years ago today, is increasingly becoming recognized as the civil rights hero he was. In 1942, he challenged the internment of 117,000 ethnic Japanese people, the majority of whom were U.S. citizens. […] Read More

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is remembered for its high-note ending, but a closer look reveals most of the speech was more about the nightmare of injustice. […] Read More

On April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Sen. Robert F. Kennedy spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. Kennedy’s speech on the “mindless menace of violence” continues to resonate. Less than 24 hours earlier, Kennedy was campaigning in Indianapolis for the Democratic nomination for president. There, at an […] Read More

Today is the launch of the new Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) activities. The original PPC was inaugurated by Martin Luther King Jr. Mainly because of his tragic assassination 601 months ago, it didn’t accomplish what he had hoped for. The primary leader of the new PPC is William Barber II. The original PPC was created […] Read More

The hum of the wheels, the rush of the wind and the pattern of pedaling a bike ease many of my life’s stressors. At times, I use my favorite hobby to do bigger things for people I don’t know but whose stories need to be heard. Civil Rides – a three-day bike trip on April […] Read More

Martin Luther King Jr., is a cultural hero, and deservedly so. His role in the long and arduous drama of the civil rights struggle is recognized and celebrated around the country and internationally. He is noted and quoted even by the political heirs of those who treated him with contempt during and after his lifetime. […] Read More

Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr. visited Newcastle University in northeast England on Nov. 13, 1967, to receive an honorary degree. The story behind this remarkable occasion was remembered on Nov. 13, 2017, in a series of events at Newcastle marking its 50th anniversary. But for Baptists in particular, it is worth remembering because of […] Read More

The Gospel of Matthew tells two stories that juxtapose the responses of those who look upon the death of Jesus and those who will see the resurrected Christ. The Roman guards are terrified twice over: at Christ’s death and at the angel’s announcement of Christ’s resurrection. Indeed, the local Roman authorities do everything to silence […] Read More

The national holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. is an appropriate recognition of his contribution on many levels to our national life. It is a profound reminder that the long struggle to overcome the consequences of slavery – and the racism it has spawned for many generations since – has been a […] Read More

I have always believed in the importance of public education as a necessary component of a healthy and vibrant country. This is not a criticism of my friends and peers who work at religious schools. Nor is it a critique of those who homeschool their children. It is a belief that public schools are far […] Read More