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Revisiting King's 'I Have A Dream' Speech

The nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. As millions honor his legacy with a national day of service, we take a moment to reflect on his legacy with the original "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
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Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America

Michelle Alexander says that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of blacks in the war on drugs.
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Cooking Up Change: How Food Helped Fuel The Civil Rights Movement

Food twines its way through the history of the civil rights movement. Sit-ins at lunch counters helped galvanize the movement. Proceeds from bake sales supported bus boycotters; many of the customers were segregationists unaware they were making the movement they opposed stronger with every fancy cake they bought.
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MLK Jr.'s Legacy And Today's Civil Rights Leaders

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation about the legacy of MLK Jr. and today's social justice issues. She speaks with Kai Wright of Colorlines.com, Viviana Hurtado of 'The Wise Latina Club,' civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, and R. Clarke Cooper of Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay members of the GOP.
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Civil Rights Today: Freedom To Succeed, Fail

Host Michel Martin discusses the legacy of MLK Jr. and the future of civil rights with panelists. Martin is joined by Kai Wright of Colorlines.com, Viviana Hurtado of 'The Wise Latina Club,' civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, and R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay members of the GOP.
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From Martin Luther King Jr., A Burden And Gift

In her commentary for MLK Jr. Day, Michel Martin recalls speaking with two women — one black, one white — of roughly the same age who witnessed the same lynching. Martin will never forget a particular comment from the black woman, and asks the broader question of what Americans should keep and leave behind on this day.
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Family Honors Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

Family, friends and hundreds of people from across the country came together on the National Mall to celebrate the 83rd birthday of a civil rights leader.
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'In Our Prime'? What It Means To Be Middle-Aged

Is 60 the new 40? In her new book, Patricia Cohen (age 51!) explores the origin and evolution of middle age. "I like to say that middle age is something of a 'Never Never Land,'" she says. "Younger people never want to enter it, and older people never want to leave it once they get there."
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The Inquisition: Alive And Well After 800 Years

The Inquisition was initially designed to deal with Christian heretics, but author Cullen Murphy says that "inquisitorial impulse" is still at work today. In fact, he says, it was the harbinger of the modern world.

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