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November 22, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
At a packed political forum at Morehouse College — Atlanta's storied and historically black school for men — a moderator posed a question that cut to the sensitive heart of things on a campus that has produced Martin Luther King Jr. (Class of '48) and current GOP darling Herman Cain (Class of '67). The question: "Does Cain represent the modern Renaissance man of Morehouse?" A charged murmur rippled through a crowd of about 100 undergraduates. Traditional African American notions of social justice are part of the very DNA of Morehouse, founded in 1867 to educate recently freed slaves.
January 15, 1996 | PETER DREIER, Peter Dreier teaches politics and directs the public policy program at Occidental College
What would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. do if he were alive today and living in Los Angeles? While we view King as something of a saint, in his day, the establishment considered King a dangerous troublemaker. While he began as a crusader against the nation's racial caste system, the struggle for civil rights radicalized him into a fighter for broader economic justice.
April 12, 2010 | By Scott Gold and Jessica Garrison and Louis Sahagun
Second of two parts In San Antonio, the Catholic Church has long been a political force, often providing a voice to poor neighborhoods that can feel like an entirely different metropolis from the upscale communities in the north end of town. "It's like you need a passport to go from one side to the other," said Father Virgil Elizondo, a San Antonio vicar. For a quarter-century, the archbishop was Patrick Fernandez Flores, whose remarkable journey -- he was the seventh child of migrant farmworkers and a high school dropout -- resonated deeply.
Pastor Gabriel Varga takes the pulpit on the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving in a Daytona Beach district called the Bottoms, the prettiest bad neighborhood you'd ever want to see. He is here this day as a visiting preacher to beg, plead and rally the congregation of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, so that together they might feed the city's poor and battle the city's mighty.
With emotions cresting inside and outside the courtroom, lawyers for O.J. Simpson made their final pitch to the jury Thursday, a multitiered closing argument that disparaged the prosecution's evidence, compared Detective Mark Fuhrman to Adolf Hitler and derided him and another police officer as the "twin devils of deception."
September 12, 1993 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI, Enrique Lopetegui writes about pop music for Calendar
Ruben Blades' concert Tuesday at the Hollywood Bowl with Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri is part of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's farewell--at least for now--to pop music. He hopes to record a long-awaited reunion album with Willie Colon. Then Blades--one of the most innovative and influential Latino musicians ever--will return to his native Panama, where he tops the opinion polls for next year's presidential election.
September 7, 2011 | By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times
The tent camp along one of Tel Aviv's trendiest streets that symbolized a large-scale social protest movement is coming down, leaving some to wonder if it was all just a summer fling. As more sections of the Rothschild Boulevard camp were dismantled Wednesday, protesters tried to keep spirits up, saying the tents may be folding but their efforts are not. The time has come, they said, to move to the next phase of their social justice movement. City officials have been pushing the process forward.
November 16, 2003 | Jim Sleeper, Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, is the author of "Liberal Racism" and "The Closest of Strangers."
Liberalism is "living on borrowed time -- taking for granted the spiritual and cultural resources that liberals depend on but do nothing to replenish," writes historian David L. Chappell, revivifying an old argument in his stunning reinterpretation of the American civil rights movement as a profoundly illiberal undertaking.
April 15, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - New Yorker drama critic John Lahr set off a social media firestorm in December with a blog comment that called for a moratorium on those "infernal all-black productions of Tennessee Williams plays unless we can have their equal in folly: all-white productions of August Wilson. " The theater community, as viewed from my portal on Facebook, found the comparison not just inept but inflammatory. Emily Mann, who happens to be directing the multiracial Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker that opens later this month at the Broadhurst Theatre, however, refused to take the bait when we spoke during a rehearsal break in March.
April 15, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Wally Marks, whose family real estate firm helped develop Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and preserve the Helms Bakery building, has died. He was 78. Marks, who was also a philanthropist and human rights activist, died Monday of cancer at his West Los Angeles home, said his wife, Suzy. In 1956, his father founded the Beverly Hills real estate firm that he named for himself -- Walter N. Marks Inc. -- and sold or created many complexes on Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to the ocean.
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