Coretta and Martin: A Love Story

I have read articles and book chapters about the marriage between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, two of the most prominent figures of the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. I have learned interesting facts about how they met and their courtship, and I have been made privy to various allegations of extramarital affairs (on both sides).A 2006 New York Times article gives the following background on the beginning of their story:...more
FeministaJones You're such a gifted storyteller. Thank you for sharing this story from Coretta's ...more

"Well, I'm Glad I'm White"

For MLK day last week, we watched this simple, kid-friendly  Brainpop Jr. video about Dr. Martin Luther King. After it finished, I briefly synopsized it to make sure the kids, especially the younger ones, had a good sense for why we celebrate his birthday. There was a short, weighty pause while everyone let that chunk of history sink in. And then this innocent 4-year-old cherub that I teach took a deep breath and said, "Well I'm glad I'm white." ...more
@Joliedupre Oh, I believe you. I don't generally go around saying I wish I was black because ...more

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Complete Life

 “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr....more

Has Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Message Been Subverted?

Yes, I asked the question. Has Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message been subverted? Before you blurt out an answer, stop and think about it first....more

I Marched for the Martin Luther King Holiday

Early on the crisp, clear morning of January 15, 1981, I boarded a bus in Princeton, New Jersey bound for a demonstration in Washington, DC to make the birthdate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a national holiday. Via the Associated Press, the New York Times reported the next day that about 15,000 of us  "walked along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol the Washington Monument, carrying signs that read, 'Let's make this day a day of celebration - Happy Birthday to Martin Luther King' and 'I Have a Dream - for Peace.'" ...more
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What's Your Favorite Civil Right's Quote?

A friend of mine posted this question on Facebook today.  Immediately I thought of a quotation by Martin Luther King, Jr. which I first saw etched into a rock outside the Seattle Center."Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that"I like this quotation (taken from part of a speech) on so many levels and think it is very relevant in today's political environment....more

Is Steve Jobs the Next Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Will Steve Jobs go down in history as the next Martin Luther King, Jr.?Recently resigned Steve Jobs, as the CEO of Apple Computers is a visionary in every sense of the word, with his keen ability and foresight, developed products that forever changed the way in which the world sees and uses computer software and hardware....more

End of an Era

Sunday, May 1, 2011, was a historical day in American history. I don't usually watch the news; it's predominantly depressing, and I have enough things to worry about in my life. But when I saw on Twitter that President Obama was going to make an annoucement declaring that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden, I flipped on the TV. Even though I was getting ready to go to sleep. Even though I was sick and needed my rest. This was huge. I ran downstairs to tell DH. Then I changed the channel for him to a news network, and he said, "Hey!...more