Tag Archive | civil rights

50 years of ‘Dream’-ing

Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest speeches of all time – MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech.

Any time I think about Dr. King and his life, I think about the time I spent at the site of his death.

I lived in  Memphis for two years, and visited the site of the former Lorraine Motel – where King was gunned down by James Early Ray – three times. It was so harrowing to learn about King’s life, what he did in his last moments and what he fought for.

He was fighting for everyone – no matter what your gender, race, religion. And he struck some nerves – something that we have to remember we can’t be afraid to do.

Visitors to the National Civil Rights Museum, which stands on the former Lorraine site, can see the room he stayed in and the room his murderer stayed in and see how their paths tragically crossed.

If you ever get a chance, it’s a must-see historic place.

Being able to see that site will stay with me forever.  It is one of those place you can never forget and never should forget. Because what we forget, we are doomed to repeat.

Gay marriage in PA: the debate is on

After the Supreme Court decision about DOMA – calling it unconstitutional – I talked to some local politicians about their views.

Rep. Lou Barletta said that he was certain the debate would be on in Pennsylvania.

And boy was he ever right.

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of couples either wanting to get married in the Keystone state or wanting the state to recognize their marriages which were performed out of state. Reporter Rick Dandes localized it and took to Facebook to get some reader feedback.

The result: 71 comments.

untitledSo I think it’s safe to say that people are talking about it here in PA.

We’ll be keeping tabs on the lawsuit as it progresses – but one thing’s for sure.

This issue, is far from settled.