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Tag: martin luther king jr.

Jan.
22nd

SNAP: Fighting hunger honors King’s memory

Thank you for your recent coverage of events commemorating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the last years of his life, King focused on economic justice as well as racial equality. However, 45 years later, 1 in 4 children are at risk of going to bed hungry.

America’s poor bear a disproportionate burden left by the economic downturn. According to the National Poverty Center, in 2011 extreme poverty in the U.S. (households living on less than $2 per day) was double the 1996 levels at 1.5 million households, including 2.8 million children. Now school nutrition programs

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Jan.
17th

MLK: Speech reflected King’s spiritual growth

As we approach Martin Luther King Day, I read about the various celebrations to honor him. Among other things, mention is made of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech. But nowhere do I read about the speech he gave on April 4, 1967, at the Riverside Church in New York, “Declaration of Independence from The War in Vietnam.”

King’s closest advisers urged him not to make this speech for fear that it would diminish the strides that had been made to end the evil of segregation in the South. But King had been gradually deepening his spiritual life for

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Aug.
29th

JOBS: All work has dignity and deserves respect

On Wednesday we celebrated the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, a wonderful recognition of the gains we have made and what we have left to do as a country. Let’s not forget that King and the civil rights movement were just as strongly committed to economic fairness for all Americans. They saw the issue as deeply tied to civil rights.

In King’s own words, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets

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Aug.
28th

MLK: Words from the heart

Today we are celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech delivered on the Washington, D.C., mall 50 years ago. His oratorical skills are unsurpassed.

I’ll share a sentence which belongs with his finest spoken words and reveals his whole heart and soul. Five years after the “I Have A Dream” speech, I was in an audience of civic leaders and clergymen in Dallas, Texas, listening to King. In the question period someone asked, “Dr. King, you have had numerous death threats. Why do you keep on?”

His response: “I don’t want my death at 78

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July
23rd

RACE: Did Martin Luther King Jr. die in vain?

Martin Luther King Jr. was most certainly a man of vision and, I believe, a man of profound Christian faith.

Unfortunately, there are people today who invoke his name in promoting the very things King gave his life to deliver this nation from. Prejudice and bigotry exist today because every time people come together, some will seek for their own purposes to drive a wedge between us.

People who see racial motives in every move and want to segregate this country into enclaves of homogeneous ethnic and racial groupings are belying the very words of this great hero of civil

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Aug.
25th

KING: Leader sought respect and justice for all

I couldn’t agree more with Leonard Pitts Jr.’s tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King (column, 8-25), that he was “arguably the greatest American of the 20th century.”

Only a few weeks before King was killed in Memphis, Tenn., I was among a group of clergy and city leaders listening to his speak in Dallas. In the discussion that followed, he was asked: “Dr. King, you have had many death threats because of what you stand for and what you are doing. Why do you keep on?”

His answer: “I don’t want my death at 78 to be the

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