Category Archives: History

Arab Spring: Where will the air of freedom be breathed next?

The most nervous people in the Middle East today are the despotic leaders of Arab countries and those in their inner circle. Citizenry that we heretofore have never from are now joining protests in the streets of some of the … Continue reading

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A personal account on international Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27

Thursday marked the international remembrance of the Holocaust, remembering and learning from the horror of the Holocaust, set on the day when Auschwitz was liberated, January 27. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is one group that is active … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Ferment: Protests against oppression and corruption spread in Arab world. Echoes of Bush’s Second Inaugural Address

The genesis and success of the Jasmine revolution in Tunisia can be found in an ancient and dreadful form of protest—self immolation, and in the relatively secure means of modern protest—Facebook. These very different means of expression led to the … Continue reading

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Americans: A Novel Experience

One of the most interesting questions in the great experiment that is the United States of America, now in its 235th year, is why the nation survives, prevails, and even thrives when at times it appears there is so little … Continue reading

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JFK inaugural was 50 years ago today: “Ask not what your country. . .”

John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address 50 years ago today, a speech   many analysts believe is one of the top political speeches in our nation’s history. The most famous line:  “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country … Continue reading

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Great speeches that provided comfort, pointed to higher things

There seems to be a consensus that President Obama’s speech in Arizona accomplished its purpose: to mourn loss, to memorialize the lost, and to point the nation toward a higher plane. What other well-known speeches throughout history provided comfort in … Continue reading

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Why did the King family adopt the name, Martin Luther?

Why did the King family, black Baptists from the American South, adopt the name Martin Luther? Here’s one version of the story: http://ireport.cnn.com/themes/custom/resources/cvplayer/ireport_embed.swf?player=embed&configPath=http://ireport.cnn.com&playlistId=540852&contentId=540852/0&

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Writings from a prison cell: on MLK Day–Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Some of the most enduring and powerful words have been penned in prison. One contemporary example: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. An excerpt: Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that … Continue reading

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MLK Day: Precious Lord Take My Hand

Martin Luther King would always request Mahalia Jackson to sing, “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” She sang it for him a last time at his funeral in Atlanta in 1968. It was written by Thomas A Dorsey (1899-1993), the father … Continue reading

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Culture changing events of 2010 and what they portend for the New Year

We can’t predict the events that will change the world, grip our nation, or wrestle us and our families to the ground. As we begin 2011, the shootings in Arizona have shaken the nation’s core. No one could predict such … Continue reading

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