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Teachers Discuss How They Approach MLK Day

For teachers, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday comes with some heavy challenges. One reporter sat down with a group of teachers, who talked about keeping the lesson fresh — and whether white teachers are prepared to teach about civil rights.
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Producer Discusses His MLK Documentary

Robert Siegel talks to producer Tom Jennings about the methods he used to unearth footage and sound from local Memphis sources to construct a powerful unnarrated documentary film about the April 4, 1968, killing of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Author Discusses Book On President Harrison

Robert Siegel talks to Gail Collins about her new book about William Henry Harrison. Though some view William Henry Harrison as notable only for his non-achievements — his presidency was the shortest in American history, he never appointed a federal judge, his wife never even saw the White House — Collins reveals a man whose victorious election campaign rewrote the rules for candidates seeking America's highest office. Today, he is a curiosity in American history, but, as Collins shows in this entertaining and revelatory biography, he and his career are worth a closer look.
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Education Secretary Joins Service Project At Dunbar High

Lawmakers, federal education officials, and Dunbar HS alumni gathered for a service project at the school to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights leader's birthday.

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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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