Allen Hester Cheyenne, WY I have been involved in a speech in debate program for 5 years now (4 years in high school and 1 in college), so I have been surrounded by intelligent kids questioning, arguing, and persuading others to see things in a different light. This is also where I saw the most [...]
Randall E. Dalton, MD Somerset, KY Above is the comment of a white Cincinnati, Ohio police officer when I left the ranks of a “sit-in” in a public high school, in the aftermath ot the assasination of Dr. Martin Luther King, to go to the restroom — I was subsequently arrested.
Amy Connelly Provo, UT In teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to my high school students, I had to pause and do some research when I ran across the word “negro” repeatedly used by Dr. King in both his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. I did not know [...]
Ann Marie USA I didn’t understand how much racism still existed in America until I moved to Missouri for college. As a white female, second year college student and only 19 years old, I am absolutely disgusted with the racial slurs I still hear today. Coming from San Diego, I grew up with Latino friends [...]
Bruce H. Weik Hot Springs, AR I was attending Northern Illinois University. Everyone on dorm floor applauded. It was on my birthday, April 4, 1968. I packed and left that day.
Anne Lincoln, MA I was asked by Admissions if I would agree to having a black roommate. I said yes, but when she learned of the request (I never knew how), she was angry–at the school, and confusing to me, at me. From that moment on, there was only anger. I was naive and woefully [...]
Michael H Chicago, IL I grew up listening to Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy talk about their dream of a society that one day would be “color blind”. Forty years later, I feel like we’re as far as ever from that goal. In fact, I suspect most Americans would prefer to perpetuate the distinctions [...]
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J. Martin Bailey West Orange, NJ I had just become editor of our church’s national publication when the March on Washington happened. I chose to cover it myself. I was forever changed.
Mike Gaither Hanahan, SC We need to stop dividing ourselves in groups. We need to join together and accept our differences or ultimately our differences will destroy us. If every American listened and I mean truly listened, with a clear mind and an open heart, to all the words of Martin Luther King’s “I have [...]
Kate Ann Arbor, MI “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Your skin color and/or screaming “racist” don’t earn you a free [...]
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Sarah Richards-Desai Ithaca, NY Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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