In November of 2008, I was invited to Chicago to watch the election returns at Grant Park and be there with Barack Obama as he became the first African American ever elected U.S. president. I respectfully declined. Instead I spent election night in Atlanta, leading National Action Network's (NAN) watch night service, similar to the New Year's Eve service and countdown that we do every year. I then led 5,000 people to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s grave for a rally before marching across the street to Ebenezer Baptist Church — Dr. King's church — to be with King's sister, his daughter Bernice King and his son Martin Luther King III. At such a historic moment, this is where I had to be; A black president wouldn't have even been possible without Dr. King. He sacrificed everything and literally laid down his life so that we could witness the day when a black man stood on stage with his black family and accepted the office of the presidency of the United States. We often hear … [Read more...] about Al Sharpton: 50 years later, Trump is turning Dr. King’s dream into a nightmare
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HE WAS a Christian minister and activist who led a groundbreaking civil rights movement - and gave African Americans the courage to speak up against injustice.But Martin Luther King Jr.'s life was tragically cut short, when he was assassinated at age 39. Here we tell you everything you need to know about King, and how his life and work is remembered today.Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday.King was born in Atlanta on January 15 - and the holiday falls on the nearest Monday to this date.Several cities and states began to mark the day in 1971, just three years after his death, and the date became an American federal holiday in 1986.Hundreds of streets in the United States have been renamed in King's honour, as well as a whole county in Washington State.Nearly 50 years after his death, King continues to inspire - and President Barack Obama famously asked for his bust to be placed in the Oval Office.King was born in 1929 and became a Baptist minister and … [Read more...] about Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018 is TODAY – who was he and how is the holiday celebrated?
Most people don't know much about Sweden. But what they think they know is extraordinarily positive. This one-dimensional 'Good Sweden' reputation, constructed around qualities such as technological prowess, democratic design and concern for the environment has been a great help to Swedish trade and tourism and diplomacy in the last fifty years. Now that reputation is being challenged by an alternative story about Sweden. It is a negative tale of collapse and crisis rooted in Sweden's decision to allow large numbers of immigrants to settle in the country in recent years. The 'Bad Sweden' story is based on the undeniable fact of challenges in a fast-changing Swedish society but it only works when it is stripped of context or injected with a serum of falsehood and exaggeration. This extract from Paul Rapacioli's new book, Good Sweden, Bad Sweden, shows how President Trump's reference to 'what happened last night in Sweden' was a remarkable rerun of another US president's statement … [Read more...] about ‘When a US president speaks about Sweden, the fallout can last a long time’
Sadiq Khan today said US President Donald Trump “got the message” from Londoners after he cancelled his planned visit to the capital next month. The US President was due to make the trip to London for the opening of the new £750 million US embassy next month. But he has pulled out of the visit after threats of mass protests across the UK, with Mr Khan among those who had warned Mr Trump he would not be welcomed by Londoners. After the President confirmed he had scrapped his planned trip, Mr Khan said such a visit would “without doubt” have been met by mass protests. “It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” the Mayor told the Standard. "His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. This just reinforces what a … [Read more...] about Donald Trump ‘got the message’ over cancelled state visit, says Mayor of London
SOUTH Korean President Moon Jae-in today praised Donald Trump for helping spark the first inter-Korean 'peace' talks in more than two years.The historic meeting was held on Tuesday on the South Korean side of the bomb-laden demilitarised zone, which has divided the two "warring" nations since 1953.The get-together followed a prolonged period of tension on the Korean peninsula over the North's missile and nuclear weapons programmes.Seoul and Pyongyang has now agreed to resolve all problems between them through dialogue and also to revive military consultations so that a war doesn't break out by mistake.At the meeting Pyongyang said it would send a large delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea."I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks, I want to show my gratitude," said Moon. "It could be a resulting work of the US-led sanctions and pressure."Trump and North Korean despot Kim Jong-un exchanged threats and insults over … [Read more...] about South Korean President says Donald Trump deserves ‘big credit’ for sparking first meeting with North Korea in two years