50 Years After MLK’s Assassination – A Tale Of Four Cities, Memphis To Beijing

video still of the Reverend Martin Luther King delivering his "I have been to the Mountaintop" oration in Memphis on April 3, 1968

by Richard Cameron Memphis and Martin Luther King’s Assassination On this day, 50 years ago, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death. He had come to Memphis, Tennessee the day prior, to join in solidarity with Black city sanitation workers. They and King were known as ‘Negroes’ at the time – and that was the more polite term. The men were on strike to protest unequal pay and dangerous work conditions. While whites were paid even if they stayed home during severe weather events, blacks would be…

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Do We Still Need Black History Month?

by Dena Leichnitz Starting next month, we will have to hear from angry conservatives talk about how Black History Month is racist and why don’t we have White History Month? Such a question is utterly ridiculous and goes to show how insecure and vapid a lot of people are.  I am sorry did no one teach you about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jonas Salk, Marie Curie, John Locke, or Eleanor Roosevelt? “White history” as they like to call it is still the main history learned about in American history classes. …

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