UsWeekly.com covered yesterday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Let Freedom Ring festivities in Washington, DC, and found a photograph that deftly captured what MLK’s “dream” was all about. Yes, I’m pretty sure that when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, there was a paragraph (maybe two!) about the collective unconscious yearning black men everywhere felt to hold umbrellas for rich white women. Here, this unnamed gentleman gets to fulfill his special dream, by holding aloft an umbrella for LeAnn Rimes as she belts out a tune on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Thank you, Us Weekly, for so deftly capturing the civil rights movement’s valiant efforts. [Us Weekly]
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Here is the full speech, as transcribed by Huffington Post, which you can also watch above.
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. Keep reading »
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, readers! Hopefully you have the day off to (sleep in and) do some sort of public service, but regardless, here is the full version of MLK’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. Keep reading »
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is trying to fire Reverend Eric Lee, the president of its Los Angeles Chapter, because he supports gay marriage and dissed Prop 8. While it’s pretty ironic that the SCLC would give him a pink slip over gay rights, that’s sadly, not the only thing funny about a leading civil rights group turning their back on a marginalized community. Reverend Lee was a key figure in the marches and rallies against the California bill. But sadly, 70 percent of black voters did not share his sentiments at the polls. While the SCLC refuses to comment on the matter, perhaps, as the WOW Report pointed out, this quote from a 2003 speech by MLK’s widow, Coretta Scott King, can come to his defense now.
“I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people. … But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.”
Speaking of changing names, here’s a name change maybe we all can agree on. Self-obsessed Kanye West recently told Complex Magazine he’s changing his name to Martin Louis the King Jr. to embody MLK Jr. and his favorite label, Louis Vuitton. He demands everyone address him as such, but no one would blame you if you decide to call his Highness a “royal” pain in the ass instead. Along with the name change, he says he’s doing “crazy, bold stuff so [the public] can live through me and get their mind off the recession.” I don’t know about you, but every time I play “Love Lockdown,” I totally forget I’m under-employed and can’t afford decent health insurance. [The Cut] Keep reading »