Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 1)

Martin Luther King, Jr

In Black American history there have been many influential people. Phyllis Wheatley. Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Frederick Douglass. Booker T. Washington. George Washington Carver. Jackie Robinson. But few transformed America and his race more than Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s why every January, America stops to celebrate his birthday. He’s on par with Washington and…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 2)

  In PART ONE, the individuals and events that influenced King’s childhood and adolescence were addressed.  +++++++++++++++++++++   Every prophet journeys through a season of preparation. Just as Moses spent years as a desert shepherd, Martin Luther King honed his message through years of education. As Martin’s influence grew, so did the opposition to his…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 3)

Martin Luther King speaks

  In PART ONE, the individuals and events that influenced King’s childhood and adolescence were addressed.  In PART TWO, Martin Luther King’s rise to inspire and lead the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. +++++++++++++++++++++   By 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. had lived up to his royal last name. His speeches were legendary and…

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The Big Switch That Wasn’t: The Dixiecrats, Race and 1964

It’s known as “The Big Switch.” A historical moment when Southern Democrat politicians converted to Republicanism and refashioned the G.O.P. into a racist political party (according to their opponents). In an heated Twitter exchange between Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez (D-NY) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), this “big switch” was the grist of the Millennial Democrat’s argument.…

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Memorial Day: How Former Slaves Created a National Holiday

American summers are built around three holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Memorial Day and Labor Day are the bookends. The July 4th celebration is the centerpiece. Most Americans view Memorial Day as the “kickoff” for summer…and it is. But there’s much more to this holiday than we think. Unfortunately, many contemporary histories…

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John Marrant: America’s First Black Preacher

John Marrant

He was among America’s first black preachers. A fiery Methodist who converted thousands—blacks, Indians, whites—to Christianity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His life story–of only 35 years–has inspired millions. John Marrant was born a free black June 15, 1755 in New York City. When his father died, at four, his mother moved…

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