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Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Jobs, freedom and MLK’s March on Washington

 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the celebrated March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech. This historic event has been covered extensively over the last half-century, yet a robust new book by a UW-Madison professor delivers a
Friday, April 12, 2013
 Imagine what it might have been like to see Jackie Robinson debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The first black major league baseball player of the modern era was a herald of the civil rights movement—indeed, he was
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Steinbeck’s Chronicle of Conscience

 John Steinbeck is familiar to film buffs for the raft of Hollywood movies based on his novels, including such classics as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden; and many of us encountered Steinbeck in a high school or college
01.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
When he arrived in Washington in 1945 as the Member of House of Representatives for Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell was denied service at most of the capital�s lunch counters and bars. He left office a quarter-century later under clouds of controversy after symbolizing the struggle for black power in American politics. The Oscar-nominated documentary Adam Clayton Powell (out now on DVD) is a ...
05.22.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Forty years after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a black man stands a chance of becoming President. Perhaps America has finally become the Promised Land King foretold in one of his much quoted sermons�a land he somehow knew he would never live to see. Since his retirement from NBC News, Tom Brokaw has become the voice of several interesting cable documentaries on rec...

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