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Monday, January 19, 2015

King legacy reinterpreted by new activists

Dr. King at Calvary Baptist Church in Newark in 1968.

When one considers that more than two in every three Plainfielders were born since Martin Luther King Jr. led the American civil rights struggle, and more than one in four since the Internet was popularized, it can be no surprise that younger people have found new ways to address America's still-unresolved problems of racial justice.

While I am no fan of USAToday, noted for its boiling-down of complex news and issues to mere soundbites, I would like to recommend a story by Rick Hampson in today's issue.

Titled "King's legacy respected, reinterpreted by new activists", Hampson's piece takes up some of the younger activists who have arisen around the #blacklivesmatter hashtag.

I hope you will take the time to reflect on how these younger activists are both honoring and advancing Dr. King's legacy in an era that offers new tools to advance the cause of justice that Dr. King could hardly have dreamt of.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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