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MLK on NBC in ’63: ‘The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of anemic democracy’

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins sat with a panel of reporters on Meet the Press. NBC broadcast the show three days before King delivered the historic “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington. In retrospect, the questions…

Jindal: Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage

Louisiana Gov. Bobbie Jindal (R) has blamed minorities who refuse to give up their “separateness” for the continuation of racism in America. In a Politico op-ed marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Jindal noted that racism was “one of the…

Ex-Navy chaplain uses Martin Luther King Jr. to justify homophobia

Disgraced former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt attempted to justify anti-LGBT discrimination on his most recent broadcast of Pray in Jesus’ Name by linking it to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, in which King touched on the idea of judging a person by their character rather than…

Boston mosque refuses to bury alleged bomber’s corpse

A Boston-area mosque has refused to bury the body of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the men allegedly behind the Boston Marathon bombing, his aunt tells NBC News. Patimat Suleimanova said that Tsarnaev’s body has been released to his family, who requested a funeral from their local mosque. She did…

Obama leads service efforts for King birthday

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives on Monday participated in community service projects to mark the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King. “Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And we should honor that legacy by…

Missing dinner with Walter Cronkite

Louise reported the news earlier, but I wanted to say a few things about news legend Walter Cronkite has passed away. When I was a little girl, we used to listen to the evening news (the TV was in the living room adjacent to the kitchen/dining room) with Uncle Walter…

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