Deth Im: Struggle for the Beloved Community

As I reflect on what it means to live in the wake of King’s legacy, I’m more convinced than ever that we need to resuscitate the struggle for greater freedom, greater equality, deeper faith, increased liberation by grounding ourselves in the moral conviction to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

Suburbs find new ways to keep King’s legacy alive

For the last three decades, suburban communities in the Kansas City area have celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in many forms. As this year’s festivities continue that tradition, two communities have found new ways this year to promote the civil rights leader’s message of racial harmony and equality.

The next rung upward on the civil rights ladder

Several significant things converge Monday as President Barack Obama puts his hand on two Bibles — one belonging to Abraham Lincoln, the other to Martin Luther King Jr. — and takes the oath of office. The confluence of these events prompted me to find two King quotes, which could help guide Obama in his second term.

King’s message of nonviolence resonates

There’s never a shortage of oversimplifications and stretched analogies this time of year, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. A public relations stunt is even trying to “honor” King with Saturday’s Gun Appreciation Day. That’s hardly the way to regard a man assassinated by gunfire.

We make America better….

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, we remember a man for his leadership in the civil rights movement. Most importantly, I remember his fight for peace, equality and justice. We must never forget he supported human rights and social justice for all people. Dr. King supported new generational leaders including Cesar Chavez, who led Latino civil rights and demanded equality and justice for farm workers. It is through this leadership and fight that I often happily shout out, “I am living the dream!”

Fifty years later, King’s vision remains a dream deferred

Fifty years have passed since Martin Luther King articulated a beautiful vision for America in his “I Have a Dream” speech in August 1963. There have been strides. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, outlawing some discrimination and removing some barriers for blacks to access equal employment opportunities and to participate in the political process. As a result, Barack Obama will serve a second term as the first African-American president of the United States.