Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at a time where the words he spoke were radical, important, and needing to be both heard and said. Fifty-five years later, we still have so much farther to go. I echo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words — 55 years later; our communities are still not free. We are still fighting against economic … [Read more...]
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Special Section
As you may know, for several years the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) has offered a special Martin Luther King, Jr. print edition in celebration of his legacy.
Providing a space for community voices is very important to us. Each year, in addition to an event calendar, we select a quotation from Dr. King’s extensive writings and ask community members to share their thoughts on the relevance of the quotation or Dr. King’s legacy.
This year (2018) we’ve asked community members the question: What is your dream for your community?
We hope you enjoy the voices gathered here for our special Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy spotlight, and we thank you for your continued support of the MSR.
Most of Dr. King’s speech sometimes feels lost — the words “I have a dream” dominate our collective memory — so allow me to revive, at least, one other sentence from that speech: “In a sense, we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.” King’s speech was not merely aspirational, but rooted in a practical truth — that wealth has been intentionally stripped from Black … [Read more...]
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., quote from his “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963. Most people only remember the last … [Read more...]
We need to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Democracy is under attack. Black Women are the ones who have the stamina and the courage to step forward when others who say they are progressive or liberal cannot or will not. It is quite easy to see the enemy that is opposite to our values and our beliefs. It … [Read more...]
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrates it. He who accepts evil without protesting it is really cooperating with it.” —Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King What is evil in this world? Racism, sexism, poverty and war. These are the evils that I am concerned about, protest about, and work each and every day to eliminate. Last month, I had … [Read more...]