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A King’s Legacy

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 -1968) can be described as a minister, political activist, and civil rights organizer. In fact, he can easily be considered the most famous leader of the Civil Rights Movement. At the age of thirty-five, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker and promoter […]

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Using peaceful methods, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a protest for equal transportation rights in Alabama that became a national Civil Rights Movement that changed America. It transformed American race relations, ended legal discrimination and segregation, and reminded us of our shared humanity and intertwined destiny. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recognized with a Pulitzer […]

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The Cost of a Traffic Jam

Americans, especially those who live and work in cities, are used to traffic jams. A traffic stand-still during rush hour is part of the commute. So when is a traffic jam not a traffic jam? When the traffic jam is at the center of a political scandal that threatens the political life of a governor, […]

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The Music and Literature of Downton Abbey

Make sure all your planning and grading is done before January 5. You will no doubt want to be free on the fifth to enjoy one final Winter Break indulgence: snuggling up with a cuppa English tea and an American cookie to watch the season premier of Downton Abbey. If this sounds like a delicious […]

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Ringing in the New Year

What do these lyrics remind you of? “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?” Do the lyrics bring images of balls dropping at midnight on New Year’s Eve and people celebrating the start of a new year? Auld Lang Syne was a Scottish […]

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Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” December 5, 2013 marked the passing of one of the greatest representatives of freedom and democracy of our time. […]

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Remembering D-Day

June 6th, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, a pivotal point in World War II. Due to its massive scale and success, this operation also stands as one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in military history. Between paratroopers, glider-borne troops, and soldiers traveling by ship, Allied forces shuttled over 155,000 […]

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Nelson Mandela, A Man for All Seasons

The entire world tuned in to the passing of one of the greatest men of our time. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 95, dedicated his life to end apartheid and to nurture racial reconciliation in South Africa. Like Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Mandela is considered the leader of a movement and is often described as […]

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President Kennedy Reaches for Peace, Justice, and the Moon

Where were you on November 22, 1963? You may not have even been a twinkle in your mother’s eye, but ask that of your parents or your grandparents. They will know. They will remember where they were when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Fifty years ago, television delivered news and united people. It was […]

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JFK’s Legacy

“…my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man….” Uttered 50 years ago on January 20, those famous words from […]

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