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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Martin Luther King JrWashington, D.C. – The nation’s response to Brown was agonizingly slow, and neither state legislatures nor the Congress seemed willing to help their cause along as far as black Americans were concerned.

President John F. Kennedy recognized that to secure equal protection of the laws for African Americans it would take a strong civil rights bill would put teeth into the drive to secure equal protection.

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APSU’s Uffelman family attends president’s inauguration

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – They bundled up in winter hats, heavy coats, gloves and scarves. Dr. Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University associate professor of history, bought $40.00 worth of “Hot Hands” hand warmers because she knew how cold it gets in Washington, D.C., in January.

Four years earlier, she tried to attend President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, but was among some 4,000-ticket holders unable to cross security barriers and reach the formal event.

Charles, Maria, Minoa and Carrie Uffelman attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Charles, Maria, Minoa and Carrie Uffelman attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

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Martin Luther King Jr. remembered

 

2013 is the 50th Anniversary of his “I have A Dream” Speech, and is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Martin Luther King JrWashington, D.C. – As far as black Americans were concerned, the nation’s response to Brown was agonizingly slow, and neither state legislatures nor the Congress seemed willing to help their cause along.

Finally, President John F. Kennedy recognized that only a strong civil rights bill would put teeth into the drive to secure equal protection of the laws for African Americans.

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial goes from dream to reality

 
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Hundreds of people will turn out at the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the unveiling of the national memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This memorial is more than a quarter of a century in the making and has a 120 million dollars price tag.

This Dream Memorial honoring the slain civil and human rights leader will have its official grand opening and dedication on August 28th, which is also the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the grand opening and dedication including President Barack Obama who will address the crowd. «Read the rest of this article»

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Watching history: Making “the dream” real

 

capitol-hillI awoke this morning from a dream, knowing that in a matter of hours I would be witness to a dream.

As President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office for the United States presidency, I find myself holding my breath, hardly able to believe that this reality. I find myself filled with pride.

I have no great expectations that he will be able to effect change, to immediately solve our country’s woes: I am a realist and the problems we face as a nation will take not months but years, possibly terms, to resolve and set right. I am ready for that.

opinion-081I took time, though, to reflect on my personal history, remembering how the marches in Alabama and in Washington D.C. played out on that black and screen with the rounded edges, back in the 60s in the parlor of my blue-collar working class home.  I’d watched the dream of the Kennedy election and the horror of his assassination, I followed the civil rights movement, listened to the “I have a Dream” speech, and was caught up — I believe righteously so — in the passion and fervor of those times. I was part of the peace movement then, staunchly  anti-war and pro-human and civil rights. Nothing’s changed. «Read the rest of this article»

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