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.
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.”
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.
For Andrew Young and other exhausted, young civil rights activists who’d spent most of 1963 battling to desegregate public facilities in Birmingham, Alabama, the March on Washington seemed like a chance to take a couple of days off.
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.