‘Mountaintop’ Speech Remembrance Summons Crowd for Reflection, Action
4/12/2018 7:41:17 PM

By Joyce Kyles MEMPHIS, Tenn.—As the days of our lives mesh into a reel of memories that can become challenging to recall as the volume of them increases, some days standout and we know at the time that they always will. Such was the case for many who made their way to historic Mason Temple in Memphis to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech there. The draw was an “I AM 2018” movement event dubbed the “Mountaintop Speech Commemoration,” fittingly held at the world headquarters of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and the site of...

Fair Housing’s Unfinished 50-Year Journey
4/5/2018 4:29:08 PM

By Charlene Crowell Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the civil rights laws enacted during the 1960s: The Fair Housing Act. As observances begin across the country, now is an appropriate time to recall how fair housing was a key issue for Dr. Martin...

LET’S MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER
4/5/2018 4:26:46 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta’s City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the chance to be part of something larger than myself or our campus. My college diary captured a bit of the excitement of those days: Now as never before is the chance offered to do something. This is a history-making epoch where we – me – the young – can be...

Hold Fast Against the Assault on Dr. King's Legacy
4/5/2018 4:24:13 PM

By Rev. Jesse Jackson   The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America. We will celebrate the progress that has been made since Dr. King was taken from us in 1968, and decry the agenda that is still unfinished.  But we cannot ignore the systematic effort – from the highest offices of government – to roll back his legacy, to make America more separate and unequal, to reverse the progress of the last years. From the White House and across the great cabinets of the federal...

The Easter Bunny That Got Away
4/5/2018 4:18:54 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   After any holiday the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself enjoy taking a day or two off and just relax. We like to sit around and tell stories. My wife usually starts by saying, “Hey, remember the time when…” And she goes on with a story that I had forgotten about. When she’s done, we laugh together. Then it’s my turn and I begin, “Hey, do you remember the time when…” And I go on and tell a story that she may have forgotten about, I really don’t know. When I’m finished, we laugh...

John Paul Stevens Is Dead Wrong for Call to Repeal the Second Amendment
4/5/2018 4:17:18 PM

By Robert Romano   Finally, an honest liberal stands up and tells us all what he really thinks. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the New York Times has called for the Second Amendment to be repealed, presumably so that Congress and the states can start banning guns. Therein, Stevens acknowledged that under current Supreme Court precedent, although he disagreed with the D.C. v. Heller decision in 2008, owning firearms is still an individual right secured by the Constitution. Here, Stevens, who is dead wrong in calling for the Second...

Planning The Future for MLK Jr.’s Hearse on 50th Anniversary of His Death
4/5/2018 3:55:02 PM

Fifty years ago, a 1966 Cadillac Superior Coach hearse carried Martin Luther King Jr.’s body to the Memphis airport to be flown back to Atlanta and laid to rest. Today, that hearse has been restored and its owner hopes that soon it will be on public display as a reminder of the tremendous sacrifice it represents. Gary Zimet, whose memorabilia business Moments in Time specializes in rare letters, manuscripts and other historic artifacts, says the hearse’s owner discussed with him the idea of selling the vehicle to a corporation or philanthropist willing to donate it...

50 Years After MLK, Civil Rights Goals Unmet
4/5/2018 3:52:06 PM

WASHINGTON—Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the civil rights movement he led, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Three-quarters of African Americans said there has been little or no progress on fair treatment by police, and more than half answered the same about fair coverage by the media, political representation or equal economic opportunities. Currently, things are steadily “going on a...

NAACP Sues President Trump Over 2020 Census
4/5/2018 3:50:32 PM

By William J. Ford   The NAACP announced that the group has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Census Bureau and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, “to combat the imminent threat that the 2020 Census will substantially undercount African Americans and other people of color in communities throughout the United States,” a press release about the lawsuit said. Prince George’s County, the NAACP’s Prince George’s County branch and two county residents (branch President Bob Ross and Elizabeth Johnson), also joined the suit....

No Charges Filed Against Officers in Alton Sterling Shooting
4/5/2018 3:49:21 PM

By Michele McCalope   Following a 10-month investigation into the extrajudicial killing of Alton Sterling, Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that his office would not pursue criminal charges against the officers involved. Sterling, a 37-year-old Black man, was shot six times by a White Baton Rouge police officer on July 5, 2016, in front of a Triple S convenience store. The officers, Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni were responding to a call about a man with a gun, who was assaulting someone. Sterling had been selling CDs in front of the store with...