Lance Simmens: I do not pretend in the least to be a righteous practitioner of my religion but what is deeply embedded in me is the very basic Christian concept of acceptance of others as members of the human family.
Eric Mann: In the case of Dr. King, the U.S. government, Democratic Party and Civil Rights Establishment distort King’s life by putting him forth as a “non-violent” accommodating, dreamer.
Peter Dreier: If he were alive today, he would certainly be standing with Walmart employees and other workers fighting for a living wage and the right to unionize.
Martin Luther King Lessons — Walter G. Moss: If there is one quality that stands out in reading a King biography, it is his single-minded determination, to create a better America, and thereby a better world.
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.