Along with the rousing music and warm words about racial equality, the hundreds of people who packed into Community Christian Church on Sunday for the annual interfaith service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. got some fiery rhetoric about equal access to health care.
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Marion Jones lost her Olympic gold medal fame when she lied to federal agents about taking performance enhancing drugs, but she’s done her time and after playing a short stint with the WNBA is touring the country talking to young people about choices and redemption.
Aug. 9, 2008, was the happiest day of my life. I was about to marry the man of my dreams.
Bond says the new civil rights agenda includes immigration reform, jobs, affordable health care, unemployment benefits and ending voter suppression among minorities and young people.
As I reflect on what it means to live in the wake of Kings legacy, Im 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.
Robinson is the founder of the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir.
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.
Her lecture is Jan. 27 as part of the UMKC’s King observance.
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic and indelible “I Have a Dream” speech that has become an American rhetorical treasure.
People across the Kansas City area celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a variety of events Monday with Barack Obamas second inauguration as a backdrop.
As the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., emerging young African-American and Latino leaders see unemployment, education, urban violence, immigration, pay inequality and poverty as the new civil rights frontiers.
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.
Satisfaction and disappointment. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., if he returned today after 45 years, would experience both emotions, said Leo Morton, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who spoke at King holiday observances Saturday in Overland Park.
Surgery kept Gilbert Guerrero from personally receiving the 23rd Evelyn Wasserstrom Award Sunday afternoon. It did not stop others from praising his work.
Theres 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 Saturdays Gun Appreciation Day. Thats hardly the way to regard a man assassinated by gunfire.
The life and message of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated by many suburban communities, groups and organizations through song, dance and the reading of essays.
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!”
This year’s local observance commemorating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. concludes on the same day that Barack Obama is sworn in for a second presidential term.
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.