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October 6, 2011 |
The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader, died Wednesday. He was 89. Shuttlesworth had been in poor health for the last year and was hospitalized with breathing problems three weeks ago at Birmingham's Princeton Baptist Medical Center, where he died, said family spokeswoman Malena Cunningham.
August 28, 2011
Leadership gap Re "The newest face on the National Mall," Aug. 22 Building too many memorials on the National Mall in Washington doesn't concern me. I am far more apprehensive about the paucity of current leaders who deserve to be so honored. Find a person who will withdraw all of our troops from our disastrous overseas engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, restore the importance of factual data and reasoned analysis to the political decision-making process, advocate effectively for social and economic justice, challenge unchecked greed and amplify the ability of those with differing points of view to engage in productive dialogue, and he or she will deserve a memorial of massive proportions.
August 25, 2011
Unless it's postponed by Hurricane Irene, which is bearing down on Chesapeake Bay, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is scheduled for dedication Sunday on the National Mall in Washington. Symbolism is everything when it comes to such memorials, and perhaps the stormy opening is appropriate for a monument that has undergone a quarter-century of battles over design, location and funding. But King's history suggests that ferocious winds and driving rain are no match for a man of granite.
August 22, 2011 |
After years of public squabbling over how many memorials is too many, a 7-acre homage to World War II was plunked in the middle of the National Mall in 2004. Congress then declared the cherished space known as America's Front Yard an "essentially finished work of art. " In other words, no more building. Even so, a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will open this month on 4 acres near the Tidal Basin where the cherry blossoms bloom. As well as a tribute to the slain civil rights leader, it is evidence that the mall, like America's story, is a work in progress that might never be "finished.
August 12, 2011 |
Forty-eight years ago Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington, D.C., and delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Hundreds of thousands heard his words of hope for change the civil rights movement could bring. Now King will be remembered not far from where he spoke. President Obama, civil rights luminaries and activists and others will dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 on the anniversary of the speech. The memorial features a stone sculpture of King and a granite wall with inscriptions from his speeches and near the Tidal Basin.
May 27, 2011 |
Already the repository of several monuments of national significance, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is set to become home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial -- the first monument at the Mall to honor “a man of hope, a man of peace, and a man of color,” according to the foundation that built it. The official dedication takes place Aug. 28 on the 48 th anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered...
April 4, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Night 1 of Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour was a disaster. ( Los Angeles Times ) But Night 2 in Chicago was ... a success?!? ( Chicago Tribune ) Country stars Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum won Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday night. ( Los Angeles Times ) Katie Couric has decided she would rather be the next female Oprah instead of the first female Walter Cronkite.
March 9, 2011 |
Federal officials have arrested a suspect in a bombing attempt that targeted a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in Spokane, Wash. Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Colville, Wash., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. If convicted, Harpham faces life in prison. Officials released few details on what Frank Harrill, special agent in charge of the FBI's Spokane office, described as a "very active" investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2011 |
Halfway through rehearsal, the basses got an earful. "Your start is too aggressive! Like boom, boom, flap, flap, upside the head," conductor David Morrow shouted Sunday from a dark spot offstage in Club Nokia at L.A. Live. "It's not about the volume, it's about the quality. " And with that, the Morehouse College Glee Club ? the world-renowned, historically black, all-male choir that has sung at the Olympics, the Super Bowl and the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2011 |
At least it wasn't watermelon. At least the cafeteria workers weren't in blackface or wearing Afro wigs. I can't muster up much outrage over chicken and waffles, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day cafeteria special at the center of a flap on the campus of UC Irvine. Some black students complained that the meal, promoted on placards in Pippin Commons, trivialized their public commemoration of the slain civil rights giant. I wish they'd just consider it an opportunity, instead, to enjoy good cafeteria food for once.