Martin Luther King Jr. warns us about political violence

Martin Luther King Jr at the National Mall in Washington DC (1963)

Summary: Martin Luther King Jr's courage and leadership can inspire us today, recalling us to our core beliefs, Here we look at one aspect of his work, which in its totality puts him among our greatest leaders. Now more than ever we need his counsel. "We are here this evening because we're tired now. And I … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. warns us about political violence

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let the GOP remember its great betrayal

Summary: Amidst the recollections about the trials and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., let's remember that at the peak of his success another man's actions would undo much of his work. Barry Goldwater betrayed the Republican Party and poisoned American politics at what should have been a moment of triumph. Now the Republicans have an … Continue reading On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let the GOP remember its great betrayal

The pilgrimage of Martin Luther King: an antidote to amnesia about our history

We tend to memorialize our history by stripping it of deep meaning, preventing us from learning from it. On the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. let's remember not just what he did but how America -- Black and White -- responded to him. This from the archives does that better than anything else I've … Continue reading The pilgrimage of Martin Luther King: an antidote to amnesia about our history

Martin Luther King Jr’s advice to us about using violence to reform America

Summary: One of our greatest tools in the struggle to reform America is our history, its ability to inform and inspire us. National holiday's point to some of these people, so that we can not only celebrate their accomplishments but als0 learn from them. Among those most appropriate for us today is Martin Luther King.  … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr’s advice to us about using violence to reform America

The pilgrimage of Martin Luther King: an antidote to amnesia about our history

Summary: Racism stained the American experiment at its formation, and has warped its evolution at every stage since. The civil war could have purged it, but the Union abandoned Reconstruction unfinished -- allowing the South's whites to stage one of the most effective insurgencies in history and regain control (a key part of this was … Continue reading The pilgrimage of Martin Luther King: an antidote to amnesia about our history