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The Speech You Didn’t Hear on August 28, 1963

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Even if you are not familiar with the event, nearly every American knows about it because it is where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A … Continue reading

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Demand your freedom

MLK Day is always a difficult “holiday” for me.  As a historian of the 20th century U.S., and as a person who is deeply committed in both my work and personal life to meaningful progress in eradicating racism, I recognize … Continue reading

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Monday Blues (01.17.11)

Happy birthday Dr. King.

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How to Celebrate King

Today is the official day we commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.  Born on January 15, 1929, King would have been 80 years old last Thursday. I will admit, I am more than a bit indifferent to such … Continue reading

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Rights have a tendency of coming back

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, overturning the 18th Amendment and giving Americans the right to manufacture, transport, purchase, and sell alcohol (again). The 21st Amendment Ratified December 5, 1933 … Continue reading

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Enough of the “Race Card”; Let’s Talk About the Whole Deck

Does the United States become more equal, more equitable, and more just over time? Is it a forward progression that never turns back? Does it just happen? Or does it take work and struggle? As a teacher of race and … Continue reading

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