Martin Luther King Jr.

Fifty years after King, who exactly is stalling social progress?

Fifty years after King, who exactly is stalling social progress?

I probably did not appreciate Martin Luther King Jr. enough during his life, but I well remember the content and eloquence of his “I Have a Dream” speech. We played it over and over. I grew up in the New York City area, so I was a bit shocked by the the overhang of Jim Crow practices in Baltimore when I moved here in 1973. And C. Fraser Smith’s book on the civil rights history in Maryland was enlightening (“Here lies Jim Crow”). I could not believe that the vaunted major department stores (led by so-called progressive leaders) in downtown Baltimore still were restricting equal access to blacks as late...

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