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01.14.2014 | | Posted at 04:34 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Some local events to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day:   The 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration programming highlights the youth in our community who every year interpret Dr. King’s words through an art, speech and writing contest. In addition, various cultural arts organizations take center stage in Uihlein Hall. The event concludes with the Paulette Y. Copeland ...
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech is just one watershed moment among many

Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.’s soaring “I Have a Dream” speech may be the moment most remembered today. Standing in front of the majestic Lincoln Memorial before an es...
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008

We have made progress, but we are not close to the mountaintop

WHILE OVERTLY RACIST LAWS ARE A THING OF THE PAST, SUBTLE LEGAL RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL. IT IS IN MANY WAYS FAR MORE INSIDIOUS AND MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO FIGHT.
01.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
Yesterday, The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran the rare apology for not using a racial epithet. On Martin Luther King Day. Neat. Phillip Morris, whose parents should have known better before naming him, wrote a column about his discomfort hearing a specific racial slur inadvertently used by a bartender quoting the movie Pulp Fiction. Why, Morris wondered, did he cheer when a black actor used the word in the movie and cringe when a white bartender merely recounted the same line, one written by notably white guy, Quentin Tarantino? Which epithet was it? Who knows? After much argument, The Cleveland Plain Dealer edited it out of the column. They went with the construct “n

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