While we have come a long way in this country, we still have a ways to go. Father Barron recorded this video about why Dr. King still matters, which we're sharing again today. And given his enduring lessons of provocative nonviolence, equality, and our individual inherent value in the eyes of God, perhaps he matters more now than ever.
Watch below Fr. Barron's comments on Why Dr. King Still Matters.
Music that propelled the movement - Soundtrack on Grooveshark
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech - which was the heart and soul of the March on Washington. Like most big social and political events, before and after, it had a soundtrack.
Listen to the songs that many feel helped fuel the passion during rally (though many of the selections are covers by artists like Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart).
Featured is the song "People Get Ready" -- King's speech and the arch moved Curtis Mayfield to write this hopeful, soulful tune for The Impressions, who scored a hit in 1965. King was a fan of the song, which became a staple at rallies and was covered by many, including Al Green, Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Sting, Prince and Glen Campbell. Listen Now >
Watch the "I Have a Dream" speech
Martin Luther King, Jr. was Pro-life
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not a champion of “reproductive rights”, but rather a man who believed in the human rights of all people; including the Unborn. Most (if not all) African-American civil-rights leaders in his day agreed with him.
"I am a Living Dream" - Alveda King is the niece of Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. After having two abortions, King had a conversion experience and has become a pro-life advocate. “Martin Luther King, Jr. said the Negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the future of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety. He said injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. That led me into the beginning of where I am today.” Read Alveda King's story by Clicking Here>
MOVIE - Freedom Writers
Starring Hillary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, and Scott Glenn
While her at-risk students are reading classics such as "The Diary of Anne Frank," a young teacher asks them to keep journals about their troubled lives -- hoping they can apply history's lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair.