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AFRICANGLOBE - A scathing letter sent by the FBI to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been uncovered, pulling back the curtain on the FBI’s efforts to discredit the leader as his popularity grew. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is depicted as evil and a fraud in the letter that urges the civil rights icon to commit suicide. The letter calls Dr. King “evil,” a “fraud,” and a “dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile.”
AFRICANGLOBE - When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago this week, just five African-Americans held seats in Congress. There are 44 today. But those numbers mask a hard reality: Even with an African-American in the White House, Blacks arguably have less clout in Congress than they did in 1963.
Focusing only on the eloquence and power of King’s oratory has caused even some of his admirers to miss the historical context of King’s call for social equality and the contemporary significance of the issues of that day. The March on Washington was organized both to demonstrate public support for civil rights legislation and to call for action to address the high unemployment rate among Black Americans.
AFRICANGLOBE - African Americans are increasingly pessimistic that progress is being made toward achieving the vision of racial equality outlined by Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago. In a poll for the Pew Research Center, only 26 percent of African Americans said the situation for Black people has improved in the last five years and
AFRICANGLOBE - As Dr. King asked in 1968, “What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?”
AFRICANGLOBE - In the coming months, the nation will begin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech. But findings in the National Urban League's 2013 State of Black America report show that King's dream is yet to be realized.
AFRICANGLOBE - The speeches and writings of the mature Martin Luther King Jr. give us plenty of words to quote. Whether we post them online, print them on paper or read them on the air, we will use them to re-introduce our Brother to a public accustomed to seeing and hearing an image of one who did nothing more significant than to have a dream.
AFRICANGLOBE - Rosa Parks was far more radical than has been understood. She worked alongside the Black Power movement, particularly around issues such as reparations, Black history, anti-police brutality, freedom for Black political prisoners, independent Black political power and economic justice. She also paid a visit of support to the Black Panther school in Oakland, Calif.
AFRICANGLOBE - Rush Limbaugh thinks John Lewis should have been armed. “If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?”
AFRICANGLOBE - Since the 2008 election of Barack Obama, the nation has had to contend with two competing narratives: one, the election of the nation’s first African-American president meant America was now A post-racial society. The second narrative was that the election of Barack Obama meant that “America” was in peril, and that a Socialist Kenyan became president again through nefarious means.
AFRICANGLOBE - As part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 comes up for challenge this year before the Supreme Court, a group of Black conservatives is fervently hoping that the court strips away the protection the federal government has given African-Americans in certain regions of the country that have a discriminatory past.
AFRICANGLOBE - Struggling with a chronically stagnant economy and one of the highest crime rates in the world, Jamaica is turning for help to a Black nationalist leader who died more than 70 years ago. Marcus Garvey, who inspired millions of followers worldwide with messages of Black pride and self-reliance, is being resurrected in a new mandatory civics program in schools across Jamaica.
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