“Without trying to disrespect anybody’s beliefs, [Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X] are our prophets for our generation,” Kweli said. “In the scope of history, they haven’t been gone for too long. Someone asked me ‘Do you think the spirit of King is in hip-hop?’ And if you think about it, hip-hop wouldn’t exist without King. Our whole movement is based on Dr. King and Malcolm X.”
In a lifetime full of memorable speeches and historic acts, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address stands out.
King delivered the iconic speech on Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Standing before 250,000 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King set forth a vision of an America without racial barriers, one in which blacks and whites lived together in harmony.
On a day when America is recognizing one of our great civil servants, let’s consider taking the opportunity to serve our communities as well. The message is Make MLK Day a day ON.
Civil rights groups in Georgia and North Carolina are upset by plans in a handful of snow-stricken school districts to make up lost school days on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
In North Carolina, leaders of the state chapter of the NAACP are upset that the Charlotte-Mecklenberg County School system is holding class on the holiday.