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BY JACK HARRIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bob Kendrick beamed with pride as he looked at the broken painting. In black and gray strokes of charcoal and pastel, four men are depicted. They sit around a dinner table. Their hands are clasped together. Their heads are bowed as they say grace. It’s […]

BY STEPHEN BATTAGLIO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Watching talk-show host David Susskind’s historic June 1963 sit-down with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s easy to become nostalgic for a time when there was more substantive discourse on television.  The one hour, 41-minute conversation, which took place two months after King was jailed for leading civil […]

U.S. Rep. John Conyers pushed for national King holiday along with reparations for slavery. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS Congressman John Conyers, a civil rights icon who during five decades in Congress co-founded the National Black Caucus and pushed to establish a national holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died on Oct. 27 […]

While the president’s King tribute was ho-hum, Dem candidates were everywhere. BY JANET HOOK AND ELI STOKOIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump gave a fleeting, low-key nod to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights hero’s national holiday Monday, while Democrats who may run against Trump in 2020 fanned […]

I commented in “Observing MLK Day 2017,” posted January 16, 2017, as follows: If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would bemoan that  America remains so far from the Promised Land of his famous dream. It speaks volumes in this respect that President-elect Trump marked observations of this holiday two years ago with […]