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Thursday Music: We Shall Overcome

Birth of a Freedom Anthem:

FRESNO, Calif. — FIFTY years ago today, on March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced plans to submit a new voting rights bill before a joint session of Congress. His speech came after several weeks of violence in and around Selma, Ala., that had taken the lives of […]

Kid President explains the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. (VIDEO)

This is too good not to share.

Watch as Kid President explains the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this Martin Luther King Jr Day:

From Go Comics:

The myth of the minimum wage worker

This pretty much debunks the myths about minimum wage workers as being primarily teenagers who live at home with mom and dad.

As has been noted elsewhere, an increase in the minimum wage would help pull a lot of folks out of poverty, but most especially people of color. People of color are far […]

Remembering Dr. King

A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I felt this was fitting, given today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr.

Unions as a Civil Right

In a recent Op-Ed by written by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Z. Marvit, who advocate for adding the right to organize a labor union, without employer discrimination, to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Here is an excerpt, I recommend the whole read:

Other skeptics suggest that because laws now exist providing […]

Meet the New Hate, Same as the Old Hate

Salon has an interesting interview with Arthur Goldwag, author of the new book The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right. He argues that the racist and conspiracist approach of today’s right-wing nut jobs is “largely the same as it was 50 years ago.”

But what caught my attention was […]

Paul Ryan Dishonors Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. day, a teacher from Racine refused an award because it was given to him by Paul Ryan (R-Wall St.). The same Paul Ryan who has perpetually been adamantly against extending unemployment benefits […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Jr. Day 2012 and in OUR very own Capitol building in Madison, Sherrilyn Ifill, a law professor and a civil rights lawyer tied Reverend King to todays current political events. Governor Scott Walker looked very uncomfortable but the speech is brilliant and here it is: