Fifty Years After King’s Dream Speech, Nullification Keeps on Marching

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00 am

Each time I read or hear Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a different piece leaps out at me. Today, as we come to the fiftieth anniversary of that speech, it’s this:

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

The language of nullification — the thought that state laws can trump federal laws — is still a part of our national lexicon, despite the fact that the Nullifiers lost the Civil War. Indeed, here in Missouri, it’s become a very large part of the state political conversation.

 

50 Years After MLK’s Speech, THIS Is the New Dream

By: Wednesday August 21, 2013 6:24 pm

Next week, it will be 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave the “I Have a Dream” speech. He railed then against “the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination,” contending that the African-American was “an exile in his own land.” Yet he could not have imagined that Jim Crow would soon be replaced with another oppressive system: mass incarceration.

Forty-Seven Years Later, One March Has Become Two and Dr. King’s Dream Remains Elusive

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 7:00 am

Saturday marks the fortieth anniversary of the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech by the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. Sadly, although Dr. King’s dream envisioned a time when we as a nation would “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood”, a new generation is sowing discord at the expense of brotherhood.

Funny How This Works…

By: Wednesday August 18, 2010 12:30 pm

Truly, it is a post-irony world for thee but not for me.

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