Lance Simmens: At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston I had the honor of escorting the members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on stage forty years after they had been denied to be credentialed delegates at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.
Berry Craig: Thomas was staying at the Memphis motel where James Earl Ray, a racist white man, murdered King with a single rifle shot fired from a nearby building. Thomas heard the gunfire, but dismissed it as a firecracker going off.
Tom Hall: It may be hubris for a privileged white man to conclude that Dr. King would have been disheartened by our current balkanized politics, racial definitions and corporatized churches. But I do.
Rev. Irene Monroe: The exploitation of black talent and the objectification of black bodies and images to pad the pockets of profit-making corporations under the guise of helping underserved populations and communities is also not new.
Walter Moss: On this Martin Luther King Day of 2018, where better to seek inspiration for “an act of imagination,” an ideal national vision than to MLK and RFK?
Irene Monroe: Our job in keeping King’s dream alive is to be part of a participatory government—local and national—that is feverishly working to dismantle all existing discriminatory laws and practices that truncate full participation of its citizens in the fight to advance democracy.
Mark one full year of mass resistance to the Trump regime’s efforts to roll back civil and human rights across the board in the interests of racism and corporate power!
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.