Tag Archives: Martin Luther King Jr.

William Attaway: Banana Boats and Civil Rights

One of the most versatile black writers in American history, William Attaway wrote poems, stories, plays, music, and scripts for radio, television, and film.  With the appearance of his first novel Let Me Breathe Thunder in 1939, and especially Blood … Continue reading

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Turning a Corner on Racism

In 2002 I was asked to write a piece for the Daily Herald on the “state of race relations.”  This was the result.   I’ll start by going out on a limb: in DuPage County and in most of our … Continue reading

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MLK Jr – Why I Oppose the War

Below, a song composed of MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’s voice, Dan Guzman’s music, and Richard Guzman’s sampling. The samples come from “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam,”  perhaps King’s most controversial sermon.  Though miles away from “I Have A … Continue reading

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