Wednesday, April 4, 2018

MLK: 50 Years Later, His Battles Live On

Martin Luther King, Jr. remains frozen in time for many Americans. Seared into our consciousness is the man who battled Southern segregation.
We see him standing before hundreds of thousands of followers in the nation’s capital in 1963, proclaiming his dream for racial harmony. We see him marching, arms locked with fellow protesters, through the battleground of Alabama in 1965.
But on the 50th anniversary of his death, it is worth noting how his message and his priorities had evolved by the time he was shot on that balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968. Dr. King was confronting many challenges that remain with us today.
He was battling racism in the North then, not just in the South. He was pushing the government to address poverty, income inequality, structural racism and segregation in cities like Boston and Chicago. He was also calling for an end to a war that was draining the national treasury of funds needed to finance a progressive domestic agenda.
This may not be the Dr. King that many remember. Yet, his words resonate powerfully – and, perhaps, uncomfortably – today in a country that remains deeply divided on issues of race and class.
“All the issues that he raised toward the end of his life are as contemporary now as they were then,” said Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian who has written several books about Dr. King.
To keep reading this article, which 1st appeared in The New York Times, click here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Unpopular and Demoralized, MLK Pushed on Anyway Until HIs Death

The shot that echoed in the Memphis dusk 50 years ago still reverberates through our national life, yet there is so much about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. we find hard to absorb.
In our long effort to moderate King, to make him safe, we have forgotten how unpopular he had become by 1968. In his last years, King was harassed, dismissed and often saddened. These years after Selma are often dealt with in a narrative rush toward martyrdom, highlighting his weariness. But what is missed is his resilience under despair. It was when his plans faltered under duress that something essential emerged. The final period of King’s life may be exactly what we need to recall, bringing lessons from that time of turmoil to our time of disillusion.
To keep reading this article, which 1st appeared in The Washington Post, click here.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Viva Las Vegas: At This Museum, You Can Be a Real Pinball Wizard

The Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame and Pinball Museum here displays 250 classic pinball machines, with 800 more either under repair or in storage.

Just bring your quarters (or get change) and play all day.

A great way for Baby Boomers to relive their ill-spent youth in their local pinball emporiums or arcade.