'I Have a Dream' and other major events in civil rights history

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Frederick Douglass, a self-taught former slave, published the first edition of his anti-slavery paper, the North Star, in March 1847. In 1851 it merged with another newspaper to become Frederick Douglass's Paper.

An anti-slavery zealot, Douglass's heated rhetoric helped bring many whites around to the cause of abolition, and he played an important role in the Civil War, eventually successfully arguing for the arming of black regiments to fight in the war.
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Riverton, UT

Martin Luther's dream squashed, thanks to the Gay and Lesbian community. Religion can no longer be free, unless you are the state religion of Atheism, or Muslim.

Allen, TX

Too bad Sharpton and Jackson never understood the Dream.

Allen, TX

"Jackie Robinson was the first black professional baseball player"

No, he wasn't. He was the first black player in MLB. Many, not all, Negro League players were paid quite well, thus they were professionals.

Jackie Robinson WAS a great player, but his Rookie of the Year award was more a political concession than it was earned. The honor should have gone to Larry Jansen of the NY Giants who went 21-5 with 20 complete games and won the MVP.


I think most Westerners, either far geographically or distant chronologically removed, both fail to fully appreciate the events of those implicated in this text even as they may look at this period of "world" history like the bad student in the corner with a dunce hat on. Such failure is not out of slight or determination, but western culture as I grew up and knew was never apart, so we miss it. Sadly, I don't think the attitudes of smoldering hate have just evaporated in the heat of the sun.

How to reign in a KKK culture that courts gave rock star status?

As westerners, we need to understand and appreciate these events for two reasons. First, we need to protect the oppressed in society as a means of not becoming the oppressed. Second, many of these social issues continue to plague our society, thinking back to the prior 2012 election.

Is there a better way to conduct our missionary work than to reach out to our oppressed brothers and sisters, bullied by life, than to pitch in and eliminate these attitudes hate and bullying that were never really apart of us?

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Was this the one where Dr. King said "I dream of the day when my children will be given free stuff and punish those who succeed"?

I didn't think so, and if Dr. King were alive today, he would probably be leading Tea Party rallies to fight for freedom and opportunity.

American Fork, UT

Some of you are sure bitter to think someone might get a government service you don't, if for no other reason than you don't need it.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I have to look at the percentages. What is the percent of the people in prison.

Philadelphia, PA

I'm concerned and dissapointed that when presented with a photo essay on black rights, the commenters go right to free stuff, prison, and LGBT issues. What in this collage would instigate these responses? It would lead me to think that when these readers see black faces, beggars,prisoners, and politics in which they dissagree, are the first things that come to their minds. Very telling.

Washington, UT

The most important civil rights event in world history was the signing of the U.S. Constitution into law. It is a freedom document unequalled in world history. King's speech doesn't even rank in the top ten events in civil rights history, but the blacks continue to believe it was.

Springville, UT

I am sure Dr. King would be ashamed at the race baiting that Sharpton and Jackson are involved with.

The traditional family of having a husband, a wife and kids is all but gone in the black community.

Kids are 'bored' and killing or beating up WWII vets is just another sad testament for the failure of social justice dictated by our government.

Christmas Carole

"...by their character not the color of their skin." I think to a GREAT extent, we have strayed away from that concept. The Bible/Bk of Mormon were the first to state this. Dr. King emphasized it. If a person is white they are not automatically raciest, if a person is black they are not automatically a criminal(OR perfect), if white not automatically perfect.

I have noticed to an amazing degree that things are over the top on many of these built in prejudices. From ALL RACES!

Akiachak, AK

I grew up in places other than Utah, where most folks simply have no direct contact with what it means to be a minority. Many of the comments on this page reflect that. Sincerity, surely, but a look at the disparity between opinions of white people, and people of color in regard to the simple question, "does race continue to be a problem today?" or others like it shows the difference between those who see race inequality in the abstract and those who don't just "see" it abstractly or directly, but also feel it, experience it directly. I knew members of the LDS church who seemed to use the church's practice of discrimination against African Americans as something to justify their own prejudice against blacks. In the 60's worked as the only white on an all black construction crew in Wichita, Kansas, where a white killed a black with the ensuing riots and curfews. I was never treated with disrespect or prejudice. That was my experience. It helped frame my personal perspective on racial prejudice. Others have theirs.

Freeland, WA

I watch Al Sharpton every day on Politics Nation. I love his show. I also watched the march yesterday and the pre-show on Friday. I loved every minute of it. I am appalled at some of the hateful comments I see on this page. The haters of black people, women and the LBGT community don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Rev. King has been gone now for over 40 years, so those still around are now trying to claim him as really just like THEM. But the chances of Dr. King being a Tea Party member are as remote as a Utah fan showing up at a game dressed all in blue.

Durham, NC

"I have to look at the percentages. What is the percent of the people in prison."

I have to really wonder about this retort to this article? What in the world is perhaps the intention of it? What action should we be taking because of it? What in the world did the writer want us to take away....

That black people are disproportionally represented because of why?

I would love some further clarification to this statement.

@J-TX - are you saying the Larry Johnson did more to change the game of baseball than Jackie Robinson? I would love to hear how he did so....

As to the Al Sharpton comments... for every Al Sharpton out there, there is a Fred Philps and the practitioners at his Westboro Baptist Church...

Lets get real folks.... there are those on both sides who make fools of themselves just to get a little media coverage for their cause... and Philps stands just as idiotic as does Sharpton.

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