How Not to Talk About MLK on This Historic Day (Or Ever, Really)

Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Dr. King was a lion among men, one of the most visible civil rights leaders of his time (maybe of all time), his rhetoric was soaring and accessible and inclusive. So, on occasions such as these, it's tempting to wonder what he might… » 8/28/13 2:05pm 8/28/13 2:05pm

Happy MLK Day: Your Friendly Reminder Martin Luther King Loved Planned …

The right loves to try to co-opt Martin Luther King Jr. and portray Planned Parenthood as racist. But an inconvenient fact is that MLK and Planned Parenthood had an excellent relationship. He would, no doubt, be horrified by the modern day attacks on contraception. » 1/21/13 11:40am 1/21/13 11:40am

No, Fox News, Martin Luther King Jr Wasn't Anti-Abortion

Fox News is commemorating this Martin Luther King, Jr day by inviting his niece, Dr. Alveda King, to come and speak about his legacy. He was a conservative, she explained, who hated abortion. Except that isn't even close to true, not even the tiniest bit. Leave it to Fox News to wrap a crap sandwich in a lie and call… » 1/16/12 6:45pm 1/16/12 6:45pm

Odetta, "Queen Of American Folk Music," Dead At 77

Odetta, the singer whom Rosa Parks adored and Martin Luther King Jr. called the queen of American folk music, died yesterday at the age of 77. She was, by all accounts, a legend, with a powerful voice, and the prison songs and work songs of the Deep South shaped her life. Odetta sang at the march on Washington in… » 12/03/08 11:00am 12/03/08 11:00am

Paging Jeremiah Wright: There's A White Guy Stealing Your Show!!!

And in the end, it was a white Catholic guy who drove Barack Obama to quit his radical, black Muslim separatist Church of Latter-Day Erstwhile Standup Comedians. Anyway, meet Father Michael Pfleger. He doesn't even preach at Trinity Church, he's just a regular on their "You Can't Do That On The Vatican" open mic nights,… » 6/02/08 10:00am 6/02/08 10:00am