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In this July 17, 2021 photo, a person holds a candle and a poster with an image of the late Rep. John Lewis during a rally in support of voting rights, at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington.

‘March On for Voting Rights’ Demonstrations to Mark Anniversary of 1963 March on Washington

By News & Current Affairs

58 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands in the historic March on Washington. This year, King’s son and other organizers will march for voting rights. By Rachel Pilgrim, The Root — On Saturday, protestors will gather nationwide to mark the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington during the March On for Voting Rights, a gathering in which organizers will demand that Congress pass both the John R. Lewis…

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Vantage Point: The Promissory Note and MLK’s Vision for a New America – Why African Americans Can’t Wait

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

A Special Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Monday, August 23, 2021 Topic The “Bounced Check” The Promissory Note and King’s Vision of a New America Why African Americans Can’t Wait The corporate media has fed the American public a steady diet of the more palatable aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream Speech delivered at the historic 1963 March on Washington.  However, the “promissory note” aspect…

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Bernice King hits GOP: ‘Beyond insulting’ to misuse MLK’s teachings to oppose critical race theory

By News & Current Affairs

By Aris Folley, The Hill — Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., called some Republicans’ misuse of her father’s lessons “disturbing,” one day after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) drew heat for claiming teachings of critical race theory “go against everything” the late civil rights icon taught. “Do not take excerpts from my father. Study him holistically,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday. “There is a lot he wrote extensively….

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Black American Trauma

By Editors' Choice

By David Love — What Effect Did Martin’s Death Have on the Black Community? The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, while helping striking sanitation workers – left a deep and lasting impact on America through his activism and his advocacy, his philosophy of nonviolent civil disobedience and his radical vision of a just society free from racism, militarism and poverty….

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The decline and fall of the American Empire

By Editors' Choice

Instead of opening doors for American big business or supporting America’s diplomatic position in the world, the U.S. war machine has become a bull in the global china shop, wielding purely destructive power to destabilize countries and wreck their economies. By Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies— In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we…

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Trump Administration’s ‘1776 Report’ Justifies Slavery, Three-Fifths Compromise

By Editors' Choice

The report excuses America’s founders for owning slaves and defends the racist Three-Fifths Compromise as necessary to form a “durable union.” By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, HuffPost — On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, only two days before President Donald Trump leaves office, the Trump administration released a report from its “1776 Commission” that excuses slavery, justifies the racist Three-fifths Compromise and rails against socialism and “identity politics.” The “1776 Commission” —…

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s challenge to the Movement As the Fascists Storm the Capital

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Eric Mann— “Dr. DuBois was a radical all of his life. Some people would like to mute the fact that he was a genius who became a Communist in his later years.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Today, even Dr. King, who fought the fascists in Montgomery and Cicero would be shocked to see armed white fascists march in plain and the “Civil Rights Movement” cannot be found because…

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Vantage Point: In His Own Words, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Quest for Reparatory Justice

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Vantage Point Radio

Vantage Point January 18, 2021 — On this MLK Day edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks about Dr. Martin Luther King’s quest for reparatory justice Topics In His Own Words Dr. Martin Luther King’s Quest for Reparatory Justice Special Invited Guest Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Lead Sponsor, HR-40, Houston, TX Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box   Ways to listen…

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Being Ella Baker Even After the Election: Valuing Our Victory, Continuing Our Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In our rightful celebration and valuing of our victory in saving ourselves and America from its Trumpian self, we must remember and recommit ourselves to continuing our larger struggle. For although we removed Trump, the monster side of America from office, the millions of people who support, enable and voted for him for a second term offer ample evidence the system itself is deeply flawed…

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As the Country Examines Its Moral Compass The Faith Community Declares Reparations and HR-40 in an Overdue Season

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The poison that resides in the soul of America is being exposed in this moment of proclamation that Black Lives Matter. It is in this moment that U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has embraced Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Why We Can’t Wait” as the framing for the passage of HR-40. HR-40 demands remedies and reparations for the centuries of injustice and trauma suffered by African Americans in the United States….

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In Wilkerson’s view, racism is only the visible manifestation of something deeper, a hidden system of social domination.

Isabel Wilkerson’s World-Historical Theory of Race and Caste

By Editors' Choice

By comparing white supremacy in the U.S. to the caste system in India, her new book at once illuminates and collapses a complex history. By Sunil Khilnani, The New Yorker — As the summer of 1958 was coming to an end, Martin Luther King, Jr., was newly famous and exhausted. All of twenty-nine years old, he had been travelling across the country for weeks promoting his first book, “Stride Toward…

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A demonstrator next to a fence bearing names of black people killed by police, Washington DC, June 2020.

America’s ‘Untouchables’: the Silent Power of the Caste System

By Editors' Choice

More than a century and a half before the American Revolution, a human hierarchy had evolved on the soil of the future United States. To comprehend the current upheavals one must understand the human pyramid encrypted into us all: the caste system. By Isabel Wilkerson, The Guardian — In the winter of 1959, after leading the Montgomery bus boycott that arose from the arrest of Rosa Parks and before the trials and…

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