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‘Madiba’: Peacemaker, master of forgiveness

Nelson Mandela. AP FILE PHOTO

Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world.

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Free at last,’ Mandela said, quoting King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/DrMartinLutherKing.net

The speaker, one of the world’s most recognizable black leaders, was addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress when he quoted America’s top civil rights leader. “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last,” Nelson Mandela said to a standing ovation, quoting words delivered in a speech whose 50th anniversary comes next week.

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

In this April 2, 1965 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, speaks at a news conference next to John Lewis, to his left, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in Baltimore. AP Photo/William A. Smith, File

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday as he started his second term on the holiday honoring the iconic civil rights leader.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama’s Inauguration Day is a day for MLK Jr., too

In this Jan. 20, 2009 file image provided by the Department of Defense, then President-elect Barack Obama greets civil rights activist, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., on the Capitol steps prior to taking the oath of office in Washington. Monday is both Inauguration Day and the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. It is only the second time the two have fallen on the same day. Some say it’s only fitting the celebrations are intertwined. “It’s almost like fate and history coming together,” said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who worked alongside King in the fight for civil rights during the 1950s and ‘60s and plans to attend the inauguration. “If it hadn’t been for Martin Luther King Jr., there would be no Barack Obama as president.” AP Photo/Department of Defense, Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, File

Monday’s inaugural may be President Barack Obama’s big day, but Martin Luther King Jr. will loom large over the festivities.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Towering legend, flawed man? Martin Luther King Jr.’s image evolving

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THE THIRD SPEAKS Martin Luther King III, center, the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with his wife Arndrea, right and daughter Yolanda, bottom second right, delivers his remarks during a ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, in Washington, in observance of King's 83rd birthday anniversary, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

On the National Mall in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. is a towering, heroic figure carved in stone. On the Broadway stage, he’s a living, breathing man who chain smokes, sips liquor and occasionally curses.

Posted: January 16th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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