A disturbed nude woman in a bubble bath brandishes a pipe. The Banana Man from “Captain Kangaroo” offers sex tips to tots. The Lincoln Memorial president relieves himself on unsuspecting children. And stuffed animals and doggy squeeze-toys inspire bestiality.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the civil rights movement is “work that remains unfinished,” speaking at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”
President Barack Obama, speaking from the same Washington stage where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a defining speech steering a nation’s course toward civil rights, said that for all the transformation, work remains in countering growing U.S. economic disparities.
A woman who tried to breach a White House checkpoint led police on a car chase through Washington that ended when she was shot to death by police near the U.S. Capitol, prompting a lockdown of the legislative complex.
The U.S. Capitol reopened after police shot and killed a female suspect who tried to breach a White House checkpoint today and led authorities on an almost two-mile car chase through downtown to the legislative complex.
Civil rights leader Julian Bond, who participated in the March on Washington 50 years ago, said Republican-enacted voter-identification laws are rolling back voting rights for blacks and other minorities that the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard to achieve.
One wonders what Martin Luther King Jr. would have made of today’s event at the Lincoln Memorial. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of Aug. 28, 1963, is remembered partly for his “I Have a Dream” speech. Could he have dreamed that within two generations a black American president would stand at the lectern to praise his vision? And how far would that remarkable fact atone, in his view, for the country’s lingering failure to give black Americans their full measure of economic and social equality?
Martin Luther King Jr. declared from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that the March on Washington was “not an end but a beginning.” Fifty years later, the push for racial equality still isn’t complete.
President Barack Obama stood in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and offered a coda to the brand of post- racial politics that made him the unlikely heir to the legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.