50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
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On this 50th anniversary, we hear the voice of Dr. King and talk with people who attended the March on Washington. Why did integrated non-violence surprise the nation? How much of Dr. King's "Dream" has been achieved—and what's been forgotten? Also, the US, UN and Middle East weigh Syria strikes, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's and the effort to discredit Dr. King.
Banner image: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the Civil Rights March on Washington, DC on August 28, 1963. Photo: US National Archives and Records Administration
US, UN and Middle East Weigh Syria Strikes ()
The Obama Administration claims that there is undeniable evidence that Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. The next step to military action is an international coalition. British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking to the BBC, said of Syria's use of chemical weapons, "their use is wrong and the world shouldn't stand idly by." Anne Gearan is diplomacy correspondent at the Washington Post.
The March on Washington: Myths and Realities ()
The March on Washington is remembered for Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and what one historian calls "a sweetly patriotic glow." But it doesn't tell the whole story of what happened on that day in 1963 or what happened before and after. The press, the Kennedy White House -- even the NAACP -- feared that a crowd of mostly black Americans might turn violent and set back the civil rights cause. If it was a "defining moment" of the Civil Rights Movement, what is its legacy today? We put the event in the context of the times, when integrated, non-violent protest became big news. As we hear Dr. King's words, how much of his vision has been accomplished? How much has yet to be done?
- Steven Pearlstein: Business Columnist, Washington Post
- Cecil Williams: Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, @GLIDEsf
- Andre Willis: Brown University, @BrownUniversity
- Peniel Joseph: Tufts University , @PenielJoseph
- Gary Orfield: University of California, Los Angeles, @CRPatUCLA
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The FBI’s War on Martin Luther King ()
The day after the speech at the Lincoln Memorial, a top aide to FBI Director J. Edgar described Dr. King as, "the most dangerous Negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security." Six weeks later, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy authorized wiretaps on King's phones. David Corn's column in Mother Jones magazine today is entitled, "The Dark Side of ‘I Have a Dream': the FBI's War on Martin Luther King."
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