Most Americans think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a brilliant young minister who was one of the architects of the civil rights movement, and who was martyred for it in 1968, when he was assassinated. But to the revered leader's eldest son, Martin Luther King III — "Marty" to his family and friends — the famous Dr. King was just "Daddy." And like millions of other daddies across the country, he got pestered by his kids when they wanted something.
For the Month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech" on Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capitol from all over the country for the mass demonstration.
Through The Race Card Project's six-word stories, we'll meet some of the people who witnessed that history and hear their memories and reflections on race relations in America today.
The U.S. Senate has approved a resolution to name a Campustown post office for Champaign County's first African-American elected official.
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Some University of Illinois students and faculty are seeking ways to spread lessons on campus in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.
As soon as he made his remarks on race Friday, President Obama was part of an intense conversation around the nation.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he will hold a hearing on so-called "stand your ground'' laws.
"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son," President Obama told reporters Friday.