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Judging America: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King

May 18, 2014
Judging America: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King

African American History Breakthrough Series The month of May marks the birthday of Malcolm X, one of the most influential voices and leaders of the twentieth-century. The African American History Breakthrough Series is proud to celebrate the life and achievements of Malcolm X. Malcolm X’s legacy is expansive and profoundly insightful and instructive. To...
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January 16, 2013

In August of 2006, Dalia Ziada, a young Egyptian writer, discovered her favorite comic-book action hero. He trumpeted justice. He preached of nonviolent pressure. And he had dreams of a promised land that protest might bring. Ziada had just heard the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “It was amazing and really...
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Honoring Martin Luther King’s Sacrifice Day: April 4th

April 4, 2011
Honoring Martin Luther King’s Sacrifice Day: April 4th

On April 4th we remember and honor Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr., for the sacrifice he made on behalf of black people and humanity in general. Note that by reframing April 4th as King’s Sacrifice Day, we take focus away from his killer(s) and place it on the heroic and ultimate sacrifice MLK made...
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Martin Luther King In The Eye Of The Arab Revolution

April 2, 2011
Martin Luther King In The Eye Of The Arab Revolution

Lost in the narrative of the uprising in North Africa and the Middle East is the model and inspiration Arabs are drawing from Martin Luther King and by extension the 1960 African American freedom struggle . Depicted as a comic-book action hero, Martin Luther King trumpets justice, advocates nonviolent struggle, and “dreams of a...
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Revisiting The “Dream Speech”: Martin Luther King’s Vision of a Redeemed America

January 14, 2011
Revisiting The “Dream Speech”: Martin Luther King’s Vision of a Redeemed America

Martin Luther King will forever be associated with the vision of America achieving its aim of a “more perfect union.” King’s speech envisioned a renewal of America, a redeeming of its ‘soul.” Moreover, the “Dream” speech re-set the framework for racial dialogue and the boundaries for political possibility-dismantling of racial segregation. Throughout the speech,...
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Restoring Martin Luther King’s Image and Legacy

January 13, 2011

The King 2011 celebration will more than likely follow the template of the past, sanitizing his teaching, censoring his more radical speeches, de-contextualizing King from his works and critique of American society, and repackaging his image to make him a non controversial hero. To the contrary, Martin Luther King (MLK) was against the established...
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Martin Luther King’s Most Significant Speech: I Have A Dream

January 26, 2010

Martin Luther King’s I have A Dream Speech was undoubtedly his best known speech.  More than just a popular address, this speech would resonate in the hearts and minds of Americans for forever. This speech has attained iconic status. The year 1963 was the centennial of the signing of the emancipation proclamation. It was...
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One of Martin Luther King’s Three Most Important Speeches- I’ve Been To The Mountaintop

January 24, 2010

Time to Break Silence I’ve Been To The Mountaintop I Have A Dream The Speech As one of King’s close advisers and friend, Andrew Young, writes, “No speech has provoked as much discussion and debate as the message” he delivered in his last address, I’ve Been To The Mountaintop. Speaking without notes, he delivered...
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Martin Luther King on Barack Obama’s Afghanistan War Decision

December 2, 2009

Martin Luther King’s speech on Vietnam, Beyond Vietnam: a Time to Break Silence, April 4, 1967, offers lessons and a critique of President Barack Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan.
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