As fate would have it, this month hosted two remarkable events. As a nation, we give reverence to one of the greatest visionaries of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the third Monday of every January. Too often, Dr. Kingâ€™s body of work is condensed and romanticized so that his message fits neatly within the political and economic power structures in a non-threatening manner. This portrayal of Dr. King is now so pervasive that it threatens to neutralize his most ambitious, daring challenges along with his struggle to confront and organize against not only racism, but economic exploitation and militarism-imperialism as well.
On Saturday, January 24th, three Benedict College students, Jonovia Myers and Shinae Meylor, sophomores majoring in Psychology, and Sanqual Sampson, sophomore majoring in Early Childhood Education, will leave for China accompanied by Dr. Norma Lozano Jackson, Director of International Programs (OIP), for a full semester of study at Yibin University in the Sichuan Province of China.
TAMPA, Fla.-Super Bowl XLIII is set.
CLEMSON – In a tough inside battle versus a gritty, better shooting Wake Forest team, Clemson not quite as effective from the field lost a close decision in a recent battle of unbeaten squads.
Eight long years ago at a counter-inaugural event in Austin, TX, I administered a "Citizenâ€™s Oath of Office" to the people who had come together on the steps of the state Capitol to challenge the legitimacy of the incoming Bush administration and its right-wing agenda. In 2005 I offered a revised version that expanded on our duties during even more trying times.
On March 18, 1968, two weeks before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., "It is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis getting part-time income." He said, "A living wage should be the right of all working Americans."
We are living in a historic time with Barack Obama being sworn in as the first person of color as President of the United States. His inauguration coming at a time we honor Martin Luther King will enviably draw comparisons. Many have used Obamaâ€™s election to validate Kingâ€™s "dream" being realized in America. Others talk about a post-racial America. During the 2008 campaign, when asked "who he thought King would support," Obama answered, "Nobody." Beyond the many myths, King was involved in partisan politics on occasion. So itâ€™s possible that King would have supported Obama.