On January 18, 2016, DeRay McKesson joined Stephen Colbert on his late night talk show where he talked about Campaign Zero and white privilege with the host.
On Saturday thousands marched to the Martin Luther King memorial and down the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.
But it was more than a trip down memory lane; the event was also meant to galvanize a new generation to take action to make a better world for all marginalized and oppressed communities.
Remarks from Rep. John Lewis – a featured speaker at the original March on Washington – spoke directly to this continued struggled for justice and equality.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, more details have been emerging about who will be in attendance to commemorate the day Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech.”
Of course, such events, as large as they are, are not without some conflict and controversy.
According to the Washington Post, there are reports that some members of the black clergy are at odds about the large LGBT presence at this weekend’s celebration:
Miami artist and peace activist Huong unveiled her latest work, a mural dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin.
Entitled “We Are All Trayvon Martin,” the piece features a man resembling George Zimmerman firing a weapon at a hooded figure; the hooded figure’s face has been replaced with a mirror. To the upper left of the hooded figure is a bust of Martin Luther King Jr’s splattered with blood.
Huong released the mural in solidarity with the Dream Defenders.
Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin did not perform at a Washington, D.C. event celebrating the work of Martin Luther King this past weekend, though he was scheduled to headline the concert.
Although those putting on the event said McClurkin withdrew, McClurkin claims he was uninvited due to his views on homosexuality:
President Obama is slated to speak at the upcoming ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
The ceremony goes down on August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial.
Obama’s speech will come 50 years to the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 to the National Mall in a march for jobs and freedom.
45 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN.
King had gone to Memphis to show support for the black sanitary employees who were striking for fairer wages.
The night before, King had delivered his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
Watch that seminal speech below:
Rosa Parks is set to become the first African American woman to be honored with a statue in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
Statuary Hall commemorates notable citizens from each state.
The ceremony will take place on February 27th.
Dr. Cornell West has been among the most vocal critics of President Obama.
As Monday’s inauguration approached, Dr. West upped the ante, asserting that the President did not deserve to be sworn in with Dr. King’s bible.
Dr. West believes that that invoking Dr. King’s legacy during the inauguration was pure political calculation, since Dr. King would probably disagree with much of Obama’s foreign and domestic policy.
Today is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we should everyday, we honor Dr. King for bravery, insight, and determination to fight for a better tomorrow for his people – and all people, throughout the world.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King!