Civil Rights

Justice in the Beloved Community

“A [person] dies when [s/he] refuses to stand up for justice.”1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., March 8, 1965, Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Selma, Alabama The NorcalMLK Foundation’s theme for the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration season is Justice in the Beloved Community. The impact of the year 2016 has many feeling Continue reading Justice in the Beloved Community

Interrogating the History of the 1963 March on Washington

On August 28th we recognized the fifty-third anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The crowning organizational achievement of march organizers A. Philip Randolph – president of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, president of the Negro American Labor Council, and vice president of the AFL-CIO – and Bayard Rustin, the Continue reading Interrogating the History of the 1963 March on Washington

The Continuing Legacy of Voting Rights

This past weekend marked the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibiting racial discrimination in voting and resulting in the mass enfranchisement of racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965, the act was designed to Continue reading The Continuing Legacy of Voting Rights