The MLK speech that almost wasn’t the “I Have a Dream” Speech – and the one that might have been…

  The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on the third Monday of January each year, always makes me think of his most quoted words: “I have a dream…” After doing some research on the story behind those famous words, I find them even more memorable. August 28th is generally cited as the anniversary … Read more

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Like virtually all African Americans who grew up in Mississippi during the first half of the 20th century, Fannie Lou Hamer endured many injustices in her life. Some went beyond the typical day-to-day discrimination of the Southern “Jim Crow” social system. In 1961, Hamer was sterilized without her consent or knowledge by a white doctor, … Read more

When the whole world was (and wasn’t) watching…

On August 28, 2010, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck held a controversial media event and “rally” for his Tea Party followers in Washington, D.C. Because Beck had made racially insensitive remarks in the past, the most noted aspect of his event was that it was being held on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, … Read more