For U.S. politicians, civil rights leaders, celebrities and business leaders with a connection to Nelson Mandela, there’s no more prestigious way to pay their respects at his memorial than to arrive in South Africa on Air Force One with President Barack Obama.
Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. saying it’s trying to wrest ownership of several documents from him, including the draft of a speech found in the civil-rights leader’s suit pocket just after he was assassinated.
A leading Republican complaint during the partial government shutdown was that President Barack Obama had delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act for businesses but not individuals. Many party strategists argued that its protest should have been focused on delaying rather than defunding the law.
Civil rights leader Julian Bond, who participated in the March on Washington 50 years ago and is a chairman emeritus of the NAACP, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that Republican-enacted voter- identification laws are rolling back voting rights for blacks and other minorities that the late Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard to achieve.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as it works in Syria to eradicate their use after a deadly gas attack in the war-torn nation sparked international condemnation.
For one of the country’s greatest orators, Martin Luther King Jr. rarely gets his say on labor. It’s as if some keepers of his flame don’t want to hear him say that we are not free at last until labor can check capital.