Monday's Meditation

America and Race: What would King do?

If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today would his words be enough to save America from a pending racial implosion? From the looks of things, this country is firmly on the path to one big racial meltdown. The post-racist climate some people assumed that we would have after President Barack Obama took office, […]

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Obama: “They Dared to Dream Differently”

Calling back on the days of true grit and undeniable courage, President Barack Obama echoed the chambers of the hundreds of thousands of people who marched to Washington, D.C.  50 years ago, looking for redemption in the form of education, employment and fair housing. The March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs in 1963 was […]


Why we still march

50 years after the seminal event of the civil rights era, the work is still unfinished By Sherrilyn A. Ifill Constance Baker Motley, the great civil rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, was not planning to attend the now-famous civil rights March on Washington 50 years ago this month. She was exhausted. As one of Martin Luther […]

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Another March, Another Dream: 50 Years After Martin Luther King Jr. Made History

It was a time of terror and trouble. In the years before and after the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of August 28, 1963, there were repeated and widespread acts of violence. In Birmingham, Alabama, earlier that summer, four young black girls died in a church bombing. Near Philadelphia, Mississippi, less than […]

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is one just three African Americans that are currently head coaches  in the NFL. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

NFL Hires Do Not Reflect King’s Dream

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for peace, stood for racial equality and brought hope to the notion that we would all one day be judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin. African Americans hoping to become a head coach in the National Football League will probably think […]

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Why the New Minorities are Joining the Democratic Party

The Republican Party today has a race neutral and culturally accommodating philosophy.  What that means is that they pretend that race and culture are not major factors in determining success in America. They profess that if we all work hard, value education, discover what we want to do in life and pursue it, we could succeed. […]

Malcom Floyd and the San Diego Chargers are supporting the MLK Memorial through the philanthropy efforts of team Chairman of the Board and President Dean Spanos./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman
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Chargers, NFL Support King’s Vision

The San Diego Chargers and Chairman of the Board-President Dean Spanos-joined with the National Football League to provide a $1 million gift to the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, the Foundation announced.  The gift will support the memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. honoring Dr. King, which will […]

Bernice King and Martin Luther King, III, children of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., viewed the inscription wall while touring the construction site of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial./PRNewswire

MLK: The Spirit of a Lion

I don’t see the timidity of a lamb when I think about slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I see the raging ferocity of a lion instead. He was meek but he wasn’t a turnover puppet. King walked by the nonviolence standards he preached about. But he was always ready and prepared […]

Rev. Dr. William Barber is leading the fight against those who seek to suppress voting rights of people in the black community and people of color./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Standing Alone for Justice

Rev. Dr. William Barber II has been arrested many times. He’s been hit up with death threats.  Ugly verbal assaults and over-the-top criticism of his stance on education, unemployment rates, voting rights and high levels of incarceration of black folks only motivate Barber to continue to do his work as a man of God and […]

Dwayne and Maria Ross embrace the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. flag they created.
Monday's Meditation

Martin Luther King Flag Brings Honor to Civil Rights Leader

By Dennis J. Freeman Like many Americans, Dwayne and Maria Landry Ross embraced what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood fought and stood for; equality and fairness for every citizen in this country, equal opportunities in education and labor and the right to be treated like a human being. The couple’s American dream was King’s […]


Ronald Reagan Was No Friend to Blacks

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson It is no surprise that the conservative political consultant Michael Reagan would try to rewrite the historical record with a wildly inaccurate, absolutely ridiculous assertion that his late father, Ronald Reagan, was a “better friend of blacks” than President Obama. Normally, the best response to such a statement—made […]

America is a better country today because of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: A Legacy of Righteous Hope

By Dennis J. Freeman Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not bigger than his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. King’s irreplaceable presence looms no greater than the Montgomery Bus Boycott he participated in. The two historic Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama’s marches didn’t put the Baptist minister on some sort of royalty pedestal.  Being awarded with the […]