WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

National Cathedral Hosts Forum Reflecting King's Message After The March

Play associated audio
The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tensafefrogs/66715533/
The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Five years after the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what would be his last Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral in D.C.

"Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" was the title of King's very last Sunday sermon.

"Racial injustice is still the black man's burden and the white man's shame. It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast majority of white Americans," said King in his speech.

Congress had passed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but King said America's most urgent priority was to eradicate the "disease of racism." Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, says the issues haven't changed much in the 21st century.

"Voter suppression, the path to prison... that is such a big issue for young African American men, and racial profiling," says Hall, during a forum he hosted, reflecting on King's message, 50 years after the March.

Hall says recent events highlight today's unspoken racism. "We have the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, we have the acquittal of George Zimmerman."

King was assassinated just four days after his sermon in 1968.

March on Washington anniversary events continue through Wednesday, when President Obama will speak from the Lincoln Memorial.

NPR

Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
NPR

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
WAMU 88.5

The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

NPR

Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.