January 4, 2015 |
Midway through Lee Daniels' The Butler , 2013's true-story portrait of a black man who worked at the White House under eight presidents, the character played by David Oyelowo is in a room with an actor in the role of Martin Luther King Jr. Oyelowo's Louis Gates, the radicalized son of the titular servant played by Forest Whitaker, is talking to the civil rights leader, a champion of nonviolent protest. It's a telling moment, with King addressing the "subversive role of the black domestic" in American life.
October 18, 2013
HARRY BELAFONTE has sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr., saying that it "astonishingly" blocked his attempts to auction off three King documents. Filed on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, the suit seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration that Belafonte is the rightful owner. The documents are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King; notes to a speech that King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn.; and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after the civil-rights leader's 1968 assassination.
March 28, 2013 |
George Washington got one. So did Andrew Jackson, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, and Neil Armstrong. But 161 years would pass before the Congress of the United States awarded its Gold Medal to a woman. Now, says U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), it's time for Congress to posthumously accord its highest civilian honor to Alice Paul - the unyielding civil rights advocate from Mount Laurel credited with passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
February 22, 2012 |
SOUTH BEND - Former Indiana U.S. Rep. Katie Hall, a key sponsor of the 1983 legislation that established a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. She was 73. Hall's husband, John Henry Hall, said she died Monday at Methodist Hospitals' Northlake campus in Gary from an undisclosed illness. Although she was just a freshman congresswoman at the time, Hall was credited with playing a key role in getting the King holiday approved after it stalled in the House the previous 14 years.
June 13, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Edythe Scott Bagley, the older sister of Coretta Scott King, died in her Pennsylvania home, the family said yesterday. She was 86. Bagley died at her home in Cheyney, Pa. Around 7 a.m. on Saturday, said Martin Luther King III, her nephew. She had been an active member of the board of directors for the Atlanta-based King Center since it was founded in 1968 and was also a retired professor of theatre arts at Cheyney University. "Our Aunt Edythe was a vibrant, brilliant woman and always a source of strength and wisdom for our mother during the difficult challenges of the civil-rights movement," said King.
September 21, 2010
By Jonathan Zimmerman So it turns out that Martin Luther King Jr.'s most trusted photographer was actually a paid informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, passing along material about King and other civil rights leaders. Why did he do it? That's the wrong question. Nobody will ever know why Ernest C. Withers - who was in King's motel room on the night of his murder - informed for the FBI, as a Memphis newspaper reported last week. Withers died in 2007, following a brilliant career that earned him the nickname of "Original Civil Rights Photographer.
February 7, 2007 |
Best friends just wanna have fun. Joined at the hip, they like to crawl the mall, club hop during a girls' night out, lounge and luxuriate on spa vacations. But when your BFF is Oprah Winfrey, the queen - all hail! - of television, fairy godmother to America, benefactor to the world, the gal who out-trumps Trump, fun takes on a whole new dimension. Imagine it: jetting off to South Africa to cut the ribbon for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a 52-acre, state-of-the-art facility.
January 11, 2007 |
Virginia Barbarin was preparing her Sunday school class for its performance this Sunday at St. Paul's Baptist Church in West Chester, recreating scenes from the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Dr. King fought tirelessly for the rights of all Americans," Barbarin reminded the teenagers gathered around her in a room at St. Paul's. "We're now able to ride the bus together," she told them. "But do we ride together?" She was bringing King's legacy up to date by asking each teen how his or her world differs from the one in which King was a teenager.
June 9, 2006 |
GOP bid to abolish estate tax falls short Senate Republicans failed yesterday to muster the votes to abolish the estate tax on inherited wealth, but supporters of a compromise held out hope for a deal that could attract enough Democrats to pass this year. Voting 57-41, with only a few lawmakers crossing party lines, the Senate came three votes short of the number needed to end debate on the bill, dooming it on procedural grounds. The vote all but killed hopes at the White House and among Republicans on Capitol Hill of eliminating the tax on large estates, which under current law would be phased out by 2010 but would return in 2011.