How Does Obama’s 2008 Speech On Race Hold Up Today?

Sam Sanders did a great NPR piece this morning on then Senator Barack Obama’s race speech, which took place 12 years ago today. The radio piece is definitely worth a listen.


I’m going to rewatch the speech today. What a moment that was!

March 18, 2008:


Legacy Of A King

This TIME / video is superb.

President Barack Obama and the legendary civil rights icon John Lewis sit down to discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today marks the 50th anniversary since his assassination. Kudos to my friend (and great reporter) Philip Elliot, whose byline appears on the story.

Some more powerful reads on the significance of this milestone anniversary.

NYT: The Power of Bobby Kennedy’s Eulogy for Martin Luther King [link]
NYT: The Last Year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life, According to The Times [link]

Walter Cronkite’s broadcast announcing the assassination of Dr. King:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89 today.

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King put out a series of tweets to commemorate her father and his legacy.

Now more than ever, America needs courageous leaders and an engaged citizenry willing to take on bigotry and racism.

We, the super majority of Americans who are awake, must annihilate the bubbling undercurrent of America whose racist movement has put Donald Trump in the White House.

Donald Trump does not represent American values. He’s a sad, lonely man.

MLK’s words ring more true today than ever before. Let’s hope next year is better.


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