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Tag: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Transferrable Impact of Positive Pressure in Sports and Public Policy
There is a heightened level of immersion and focus that goes into what coaches do every day because the stakes are higher. With higher stakes comes more pressure. Pressure one of the main elements that leads to top level performance on a consistent basis. A lack of pressure leads to complacency which is the enemy of the maximization of one’s potential and purpose.
July 22, 2021
Inaugural Week and Poetry Should Re-Kindle Our Sense of Diversity
As we celebrate the MLK holiday, the inaugural and the final days of the last four years, the assault on our norms should finally be coming to an end. The gaslight soon extinguished, let’s rekindle our sense of diversity to guide us over a more soothing, less bumpy political landscape.
January 18, 2021
A Look at How Colleges and Universities Around the Country Plan to Celebrate MLK Day
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities across the country are still finding ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 18 through virtual webinars, symposiums and lectures.
January 12, 2021
The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Revisited in ‘The Sword and The Shield’
As the nation witnesses around-the-clock Black Lives Matter protests, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph’s ‘The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.’ could not have been published at a more apropos time.
July 6, 2020
It’s Time for Higher Education Institutions to Stop Ignoring Protests Against Systemic Police Violence
As higher education institutions often pride themselves on being “welcoming for all”, it is difficult to accept this as truth while ignoring the plight of Black Americans who come from areas where police violence is frequent and normalized.
June 9, 2020
A Battle for the Soul of Our Nation
Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a long way from Brunswick, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky. Yet the three areas are now inextricably linked by the recent tragedies that befell African- American citizens – murdered in those locations by citizen vigilantes or police officers. Each illuminates a teachable moment that we would do well to learn from, and demonstrates that even during a historic pandemic, when we are all supposedly “in this together,” that we still have a long way to go as a society before we truly reach “togetherness.”
June 4, 2020
A Letter to George Floyd
I do not know at a biological or emotional level what it is like to be Black. White privilege was my birthright. Poverty, and homosexuality, and a propensity toward obesity were equally my birthright, and I have experienced prejudice for all of those reasons. Still, I do not pretend to know what it feels like to be racially profiled or to know that my ancestors were violently separated from their homeland and brought in chains to serve people whose race is the same as mine.
June 2, 2020
National Civil Rights Museum to Host Virtual MLK Commemoration on April 4
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Civil Rights Museum will this year host a virtual commemoration to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, the 52nd anniversary of his death. The museum is located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. For […]
April 2, 2020
In a First, Washington National Cathedral Will Host HBCU Sunday on Feb. 16
For the first time, on Sunday, Feb. 16, Washington National Cathedral will host alumni, students, organizations, families and community representing the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), at its 11:15 a.m. worship service and Eucharist.
February 5, 2020
70 Years of Integration, a Journey Still Unfolding at the University of Kentucky
One man. One courageous step. Seventy years of a journey that is still unfolding and evolving. That is the story the University of Kentucky community is celebrating with particular reverence this month and throughout the next year.
February 26, 2019
The Fallacy of NOT Seeing Race
Over the last two weeks I’ve listened to friends, pundits and scholars debate the implications of discovering yearbook photos of Virginia’s Governor and Attorney General proudly wearing Blackface. These revelations are more complicated than dismissing them as youthful indiscretions that were simply apropos of the time.
February 14, 2019
Dr. King Deserves More
We have now entered what I and many other scholars of color call, “The High Season.” It’s that period between Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month and Women’s History Month when we are regularly called upon to lend our scholarly expertise to elementary schools programs, university symposia and community banquets. But, Dr. King deserves more than just annual celebrations. His memory deserves a full time commitment to eradicating poverty, abuses of power, sexism, militarism and yes, racism.
January 28, 2019
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