Looking Ahead in Civil Rights Activism

Monday, January 18, 2010

Majora Carter backstage at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Brooklyn Museum (WNYC)

This weekend WNYC hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.  Our own Celeste Headlee co-hosted the event, which included prominent educators, politicians and activists. 

Majora Carter is an environmental advocate and part of a younger generation of civil rights activists.  Celeste asked her about her vision for the future of the civil rights movement.

Guests:

Majora Carter

Produced by:

Femi Oke

Contributors:

Celeste Headlee

Comments [8]

m. augustus from Oklahoma CIty

The dream is alive but far from realized. In the same year we elect a Bi-racial POTUS, we saw black children turned away from a country club swimming pool. This year a documentary highlighted the fact that a public school in Mississippi still held segregated proms ( there are other schools throughout the south that still do). A public official in Louisiana, announced that his refusal to grant marriages, was intended to protect the progeny of such unions. Last Friday, a popular talk show host stated that our President's only interest in helping in Hati was linked to improving his standing amongst , dark and light skinned Blacks. King died for his dream and the effect of his effort does show in our country but we as a people have a very long way to go.

Jan. 18 2010 01:27 PM
Celeste from Minneapolis

We can honor Martin Luther King by affording the gay/lesbian community civil rights. This discrimination is no different than the once illegal interracial marriage.

Jan. 18 2010 12:26 PM
Ed Helmrich from Larchmont, NY

One way we can honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this week, is to march in Washington to get rights for the unborn, our brothers and sisters who have no civil rights at this time.

Jan. 18 2010 11:07 AM
John from office

We can celebrate Dr. Kings life by moving away from false, self appointed leaders like the Al Shapton's and Jesse Jackson's of thei world, and honor true scucess, like an Obama or a colin Powel. That would include not having guests like Danny Glover, a has been actor and "social activist", what Lenin refered to as helpful idiots. He is the problem with african american leaders. All volume and no substance

Jan. 18 2010 09:59 AM
Paul Lee from Highland Park, Michigan

I'm a historian of African American history and culture. Like, I'm sure, tens of thousands of people who cherish the life, sacrifice and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I'm sick and tired of his life being reduced to two sound bites -- his address at the 1963 March on Washington and his "Mountaintop" speech the nite before he was assassinated in 1968. We've all heard these speeches so many times that they've become white noise. PLEASE take the initiative to expose our young people to the richness of his thought and oratory. Perhaps begin with his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, delivered at Riverside Church in New York on April 4, 1967 -- exactly one year before he was assassinated. Thank you.

Jan. 18 2010 09:54 AM
Andrew Linko from Brownstown, MI

"I am a man" The best way we can honor Dr. King's work is to remember his struggle to get recognition of the sanitation workers in Memphis of the right to form a union no matter your skin color, your race, your creed, or your sex. PASS THE FREE CHOICE ACT! The Civil Rights Act of 2010!

Jan. 18 2010 09:03 AM
Phyllis from Brooklyn

I think one of the best ways we can honor Dr King today is the get food and water ASAP to the people of Haiti -- especially the children.

Jan. 18 2010 08:29 AM
REv. James L. Meyer, MA, JD from Detroit

Instead of the usual trite and tired "I have a dream" speech of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., why don't you have the courage to air his more timely and pertinent 1967 speech at Riverside Church in New York?

Jan. 18 2010 07:20 AM

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