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Tag: Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan.
20th

On this day, the stories of 2 historic figures converge

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Today in Washington, D.C., Barack Obama will be sworn in as president of the United States for the second time. Also today, we honor the nation’s most influential advocate of civil rights, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

The convergence of these two events is noteworthy. The first likely would not be taking place if it were not for the work of the other man. And so, we think it appropriate that we let the president’s own words pay tribute to King. They were spoken in October 2011 at the dedication of the King Memorial on the National Mall.
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Jan.
14th

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. – in his own words

This will appear in Monday’s print edition.

It’s tempting to wonder what Martin Luther King Jr. would have to say about how far black Americans have come in the 44 years since his death.

A black first family lives in the White House. A black Republican was, for a while, a top contender to run against the incumbent black president. The richest woman in entertainment (Oprah Winfrey) is a black American who grew up poor. Blacks play prominent roles in virtually every facet of American life.

King likely would still have a lot to say today. Here are some of his better-known quotes on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He would have turned 83 on Sunday. Read more »

Jan.
17th

Celebrating King – and black progress

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

In a 1964 interview, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted that the United States would have a black president within four decades. He was only off by about four years; Barack Obama was elected 44 years later.

If he had lived, King would have turned 81 this past Friday. He almost certainly would be sitting in the gallery, perhaps next to the first lady, when Obama gives his first official State of the Union address within the next few weeks. His presence would be appropriate, for it was King, perhaps more than any other person, who paved the path that led Obama to the most powerful position in the world.

What would King say is the most important aspect of Obama’s presidency? Perhaps he would point to what has been called the “Obama effect” – the psychological lift many black people experience in seeing a black man as president. Read more »