Berry Craig: Conservative politicians beyond the old Confederacy embraced “right to work” because the laws “divide everybody at the work site. ‘Right to work’ was an ingenious concept to break down union solidarity.”
Jose-Antonio Orosco: King said the love that we ought to have in the struggle for justice is the kind that acknowledges all people, even the white supremacists, as human beings. And human beings are capable of making their own moral choices and being held responsible for their actions.
One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: Liberals always win. Battles may be ferocious and seem endless, he says, but they finally bring progressive victories. Liberals Are the Future
Ron Daniels: For decades there has been a pent-up yearning for a truly progressive candidate like Bernie Sanders who could stretch the imagination to envision and articulate what should be rather than what’s “practical.” Why Bernie Matters
Robert C. Koehler: I must ask, in light of the words of Martin Luther King, what kind of democracy is too terrified, and too cowardly, to examine its own soul and reach toward values that are bigger than its short-term interests? American Soul
Peter Dreier: Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s, there is a growing movement in the United States today protesting the nation’s widening economic inequality and persistent poverty.
Rev. Irene Monroe: As I comb through numerous books and essays learning more about King’s philandering, sexist attitude about women at home and in the movement, and his relationship with Bayard Rustin, I, too, wonder would King today be a public advocate for LGBTQ rights.
Yohuru Williams: Teachers, then and now, invoked the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the words of Martin Luther King to support a deeper investment in America’s public schools.
Berry Craig: If reactionary Republicans and their Christian rightist followers were to visit just about any college campus in Kentucky, they’d get a pretty good idea that the future is not theirs, even in Bible Belt Kentucky.
David Love: As the nation participates in the MLK Day of Service, which is important, we should also resist the temptation to dilute his message or believe that our job is done once we have volunteered a few hours of our time.
Charles D. Hayes: I grew up with a sheltered worldview much in agreement with the same politics and prejudices of my community. It was a world of black-and-white notions of morality, and it was a literal interpretation of racial superiority that white was right. But reading Martin Luther King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail changed my reality.
David A. Love: There continue to be certain inconvenient problems in America one of which is the American legacy of racial violence
Steve Hochstadt: As Americans recognized the hatefulness of discrimination and the ethical superiority of the movement for civil rights, King’s dreams have become plausible goals.