Family!  As you spend some time with your family remembering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we hoped to help you reflect by replaying our segment from last week.  Listen to the words of Dr. Paul Ortiz (University of Florida), Vjiay Prashad (Trinity College), Jill Hanson (Civil Rights Attorney), Robert Rooks (NAACP), Donald Anthonyson (Families For Freedom), and Marleine Bastien (FANM).

You can listen to our segment/tribute to MLK by downloading it here or pressing play below:


Dr. Paul Ortiz-“He would be embarassed, ashamed, and appalled at the state of human rights and civil rights that currently exist in this country.”

“Dr. King…was saying[in his book Chaos or Community] ‘let’s open a dialogue about changing this economic system.'”

“It’s almost as if people want to think about Martin Luther King day but don’t want to read his own words.”

“The March on Washington in 1963 was seen by the Kennedy Administration as a revolutionary action.”

Vijay Prashad-“From when I came to the United States, I had never thought that Martin Luther King had been assassinated because his legacy, his meaning, everything he stood for seemed alive and well…”

“Just before he was assassinated he planned to create a city in Washington DC… where people who believed in the cause of ending poverty were going to create an occupation…”

“The most misunderstood piece of Martin Luther King’s legacy is that he…was trying to create a society where race doesn’t matter.”

Jill Hanson-“I was about 12 or 13 when I first heard about him…I was a Catholic…he seemed to be really living the faith that I was taught.”

“Today I think that he is equally relevant to the immigrant rights movement…you have a lot of very powerless people that have no other tools at their disposal, except for moral power.”

“Today many people revere him and honor him…so we tend to forget that in his time he was very often  despised…towards the end of his life he felt very depressed by the fact that he felt he hadn’t made any progress…so we have to look at the long term of our actions and believe that someday “we will overcome.”

Robert Rooks-“Before he was killed he was working on a sermon titled ‘Why America may go to hell…’he had a more darker view of America.”

“King had strong views…that I don’t think we’ve totally unpacked as a nation and why I think we continue to do the things we do now.”

Marleine Bastien (not played on show)-“King would be turning in his grave.”

Donald Anthonyson-“We definitely don’t need another Martin but we need more than one Martin…not only nationwide but globally…”

Enjoy your MLK day and don’t forget to tune into our show every Wednesday at 7pm est.  

1.  What Dreams May Come: MLK Remembered
What does Martin Luther King’s legacy mean for the world in 2012?  Join us as we ask a few friends of the show.

2.  Voting in 2012:  The year that rights become privileges?
A major women’s organization gives up registering voters because it is afraid of breaking an insane law.  Tens of thousands of people who thought they would have the right to vote are now told to wait a few years. Birmingham in 1960?  China in 2000?  Florida in 2012?  Tune in and find out.

3.  Haiti:  How resilient can resilience be?
On the eve of the second anniversary of the worst natural disaster in Haiti’s history, we talk about how Haiti is recovering.

Wednesday, January 11 @ 7pm EST