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Martin Luther King Jr

An Obama, Not a King

January 20, 2014

Today marks America’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the life of the 20th Century’s most important civil rights leader.  While it may be unfair to compare today’s civil rights leaders to King and his contemporaries (given that era, his message, their tactics, etc.), a figure as [...]

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MLK III Certainly Not His Father

August 26, 2013

Wednesday will be the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  This past weekend marchers returned to the National Mall to commemorate the anniversary.  One of those who attended and spoke was Martin Luther King III.  Here was his speech: I was with him until about 2:40.  That was when [...]

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“Restoring Honor” Rally a Success

August 30, 2010

In case you missed it, Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington was a complete success, focusing on honoring our troops and their sacrifices as well as focusing on returning to God.  I watched the first hour on C-Span Saturday morning through Sarah Palin’s speech honoring those serving in the military.  She was slated to [...]

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

January 19, 2009

In 1983, the US Congress and President Reagan made the observed birthday of Martin Luther King Jr a federal holiday.  Twenty-six years later, and forty-one years after Dr. King’s assassination, we stand poised to inaugurate America’s first biracial President.  Contemplating that, I ran into this CNN article which shows that nearly 2/3 of America’s black population [...]

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Obama Preaches to His Choir

August 29, 2008

Last night, Barack Obama accepted his nomination for President and gave “The American Promise” speech.  No ceiling could tame this monster, but perhaps 85,000 mind-numbed rubes at the oddly phallic Invesco Field Obamapolis would suffice! The speech was well delivered, but I’ve seen him better.  Its content was remarkably average for a “hope and change” candidate.  He [...]

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 2008

Forty years ago today, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed on a balcony outside the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray just after 6pm.  The Civil Rights Movement lost its most powerful Twentieth Century figure that day, and the movement was never the same.  However, the successful civic action by millions of [...]

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