Dr. King’s Message is Still Relevant for All

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1999, I have had the privilege of being involved with the organizing and planning for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over the years, I have often received questions from MLK Day organizers about engaging more people of different racial or ethnic groups—whites, African Americans, and Latinos. The question varies:

How do we engage groups that don’t feel the day has relevance for them? How do we engage groups who fear that participating in MLK …read more

The United States of Prejudice

This week, Minnesota joined 12 states and the District of Columbia in legalizing marriage equality. We have an African American president serving his second term in the White House. Like many other Americans, I have perceived these recent events as evidence that our country as a whole is becoming more open-minded and less hateful towards minority groups.

So, I was unpleasantly surprised this week to stumble on the Geography of Hate map. Dr. Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University tracked online hate speech by geotagging hateful tweets across the US and mapped them on the county level from June 2012 …read more

Celebrate Rosa Parks’ Birthday!

Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (ca. 1955) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Monday, February 4th, marks what would have been Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. In 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man, sparking a 381 day city bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. This simple and courageous action also inspired numerous other non-violent protests in cities around the United States.

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Ms. Parks with the unveiling of the Rosa Parks Forever stamp on Monday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of …read more

This MLK Day, Let’s Make Service a Habit

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Español: Dr. Martin Luther King dando su discurso “Yo tengo un sueño” durante la Marcha sobre Washington por el trabajo y la libertad en Washington, D.C., 28 de agosto de 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t let the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, January 21st become another non-descript Monday for reveling in how lucky you are to have the day away from a glowing computer screen.

In 1994, Congress designated the …read more