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What Would Martin Luther King Jr Say About Abortion? He Would “Defend Life”

Pondering what the legendary civil rights figure might communicate in 140 characters or fewer on the social networking site Twitter is among the highlights in his niece Alveda King’s new book, King Rules. Alveda King offers sample tweets taken from the speeches and writings of the heroic champion of non-violence and of harmony between the […]

What if The Purge was real?

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." —Martin Luther King, Jr. "We are inherently a violent species. War, genocide, murder. The denial of our true selves is the problem." —The Purge For all the flaws of...Show More Summary

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy and Malcolm X, talking before a press conference. March 1964.

Judge Compares Colorado Marriage Equality Clerk To Martin Luther King, Jr., Delivers Another Huge Victory

last weekLGBT / Gay : Queerty

It’s yet another good day for marriage equality from one side of the country to the other, with delightful decisions in Colorado and Pennsylvania. In Colorado, Judge Andrew Hartman ruled that Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall can continue issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, even though the state’s marriage ban hasn’t been overturned yet. […]

NRA's Ted Nugent: Americans Spat On MLK's Grave By Electing Obama

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent wrote that some people who supported President Obama "defiled the sacrifices and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and spat on his grave" because they voted for Obama "based on the...Show More Summary

Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge In Indiana Vandalized With a Call For The Death Of Interracial Couples

Just a few days after the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge in Fort Wayne, Indiana has been vandalized for the second time in two weeks. Racist writings were discovered on Sunday on two benches which appeared to be written in black marker on the white slats [...]

MLK Jr. Bridge in Indiana Vandalized

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge in Fort Wayne, Ind. has once again been vandalized, the second time in two weeks, the Journal Gazette reports.

It's Time Kyiv Got it Right

Of course, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best. "Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was 'well timed' in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation," he said. "For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!'... Show More Summary

Alveda King: While We Marched in the Sixties, Planned Parenthood Was Preparing Us a Place

Alveda King, the niece of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., spoke at National Right to Life’s Prayer breakfast on June 27th. King is the Director of the African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and their mission is to activate pro-life leaders who will expose the disproportionate amount of black babies killed by […]

Great profile of a black, female World War II vet

2 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

Millie Dunn Veasey traveled to England through U-Boat-infested waters, saw war casualties in bombed-out French towns, went to college on the GI Bill, and sat next to Martin Luther King, Jr. Read the rest

Jet magazine's most iconic covers

Jet magazine, whose covers featured prominent figures ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Michael Jackson, published its last print edition in June 2014 as it transitions to an all-digital format

Midday open thread: Georgia gun law produces confrontation on first day, Tim Howard International

Today's comic by Matt Bors is Bulletproof blankets: On this date 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act: Johnson shakes hands with Martin Luther King Jr. after signing the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Show More Summary

Honoring the Civil Rights Act, 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. On that great day in 1964, surrounded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other national leaders, President Johnson outlawed discrimination based on race. While...Show More Summary

How A New York Photographer Befriended The Greatest Civil Rights Leader Of All Time

Protest photographer Benedict Fernandez got to know some of the most famous icons of the 1960s, but one of his most lasting encounters involved Martin Luther King Jr. Fernandez — who photographed virtually every major protest movement of the '60s — met King a couple of years before his 1968 assassination. Show More Summary

10 Reasons to Love Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward

One of the Atlanta's most desirable neighborhoods in the late 19th century before falling into disrepair in the 1960s, the Old Fourth Ward is also where Martin Luther King, Jr., grew up and honed his preaching style. In recent years,...Show More Summary

MLK Jr’s Niece Explains Why We’re Not “Free at Last,” Hint: It’s Not Why You Think

Martin Luther King, Jr’s fight for civil rights is not over, insists his niece Dr. Alveda King. Speaking at the 44th annual National Right to Life convention in Louisville, Ky., King explained that she is continuing her uncle’s legacy because the presence of abortion shows that not all of us can enjoy that freedom for […]

Congressional Leaders Grimace Their Way Through "We Shall Overcome"

Today the Congressional Gold Medal — "Congress' highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements" — was posthumously awarded to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Here are John Boehner, Harry Reid, and the gang showing their enthusiastic appreciation during the ceremony: Read more...

Barry Goldwater Declares That the 1964 Civil Rights Act Is a Dire Threat to the Liberties of African Americans and Will Create in America the Hallmarks of the Police State: Live from Lynnhaven Fish House CCII: June 23, 2014

###Barry Goldwater on Civil Rights: June 19, 1964### It's because he cares about the liberties of Blacks that Goldwater has to vote against it, you see... Note, also, that to Goldwater: "Demagogue" = "Martin Luther King, Jr., and the...Show More Summary

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