Martin Luther King

NSA spied on King, Ali, others

NSA spied on King, Ali, others

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed “disreputable,” declassified documents revealed. The six-year spying program, dubbed “Minaret,” had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance […]

What once was a dream now prompts political segregation

What once was a dream now prompts political segregation

They came to honor Dr. Martin Luther King‘s dream, a tapestry of humanity with all shades of skin and from all walks of life. Yet there was something missing from the Lincoln Memorial this week: Republicans. Fifty years ago, Democrats and Republicans stood shoulder to shoulder, demanding equal rights for African-Americans. But during the past […]

Remembering ‘I have a dream’

Remembering ‘I have a dream’

Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King’s famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured […]

Civil rights struggle continues

Civil rights struggle continues

Alice Long planned months ago to use vacation time to travel from Huntsville, Ala., to the 50th anniversary events for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Long, a NASA administrative assistant, brought along her grandchildren to give them a close-up view of African-American and civil rights history that she said isn’t being taught […]

Ron Paul’s con: Using hatred of America to get rich

Ron Paul’s con: Using hatred of America to get rich

Hypocrisy is the constant bedfellow of most — if not all — politicians and even afflicts Ron Paul, the so-called “savior of America” on the GOP primary ticket. Yet the grandfatherly doctor so revered by his followers is a flagrant hypocrite who evades the truth and preaches one game while practicing another. If one is […]

In direct mail solicitation, Paul predicted ‘race war,’ touted newsletters

In direct mail solicitation, Paul predicted ‘race war,’ touted newsletters

Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul claims he never read the racism-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, but a direct-mail newsletter solicitation sent out over his signature claimed authorship and warned potential contributors of what he called an approaching “race war in our big cities” and claimed a […]

Rep. Clyburn: Time to tone down the violent rhetoric

Rep. Clyburn: Time to tone down the violent rhetoric

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a lawmaker who faced several threats during the heated health care debate, is calling on the country to ratchet down its heated political rhetoric and calling on lawmakers to speak out forcefully and condemn such comments. Noting that the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — which, in total, left […]