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Imagine a World Without Hate

A provocative one minute video wonders what some of the great human rights activists and icons of modern history would have done if they hadn’t been killed by haters. Advertisements

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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

Today, April 16, is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”  The letter was written to fellow ministers who questioned MLK’s timing and strategy in pushing for justice and freedom and equality. Like all of … Continue reading

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leading up to six : 01 The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper of Memphis, Tennessee, has published an immersive, interactive account of the last 32 hours of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. It’s a brilliant, beautiful, chilling narrative that will … Continue reading

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Mama, Are We White?

This is the question my almost-10-year-old daughter asked on the last day of our bus trip through civil rights historical sites in the south. It’s a more complicated question than it sounds.  The answers are yes, no and maybe. Yes, … Continue reading

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I AM A MAN

This was the infamous sign worn and carried by the sanitation workers of Memphis during the March, 1968 sanitation workers strike. Garbage collector is easily near the top of the list of the worst jobs imaginable. How many kids say … Continue reading

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Your Federal Stimulus at Work

Sign posted near the home where MLK was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

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“This is not just black history. It’s American history.”

By the time she was 11, Selma resident Joanne Bland had been arrested 13 times for resisting segregation. Bland grew up in a housing project right next to Brown Chapel A.M.E., the launching point for Bloody Sunday, when police unleashed … Continue reading

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In the Night Kitchen with Dr. King

Shirley Cherry is a force of nature to be reckoned with. A petite, brilliant, African American woman, Cherry talks a mile a minute as she gives us a tour of the Dexter Avenue Parsonage, the church-owned home where Dr. King … Continue reading

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Race Traitors: Reverend Robert Graetz and Jeannie Graetz

Icons of the civil rights movement. Reverend Graetz was a Lutheran minister assigned to an all black church in Montgomery, Alabama in June, 1955. He promised the denominational leaders he “wouldn’t start trouble.” But he certainly joined it. Hearing rumors … Continue reading

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The Power of No

Much of the modern mythology about Rosa Parks is that she was a quiet lady, a tired seamstress who, after a long day’s work, just didn’t have the energy to get up out of her seat on the bus and … Continue reading

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