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‘All labor has dignity’: King’s other legacy

The King Holiday is a celebration of many things – his pursuit of racial justice, his commitment to non-violent resistance, his belief in service and doing for others. But you might also call it the other Labor Day.

What do you think is the importance of demonstrations?

I think they keep the public visibility on the issue. They offer an easy entry point for people who aren’t involved to get involved. — Chris Williams, Lawyer, Roxbury

Police violence is about more than broken windows

Americans must be willing to adopt imaginative programs to end the police victimization of black men.

Truth and Reconciliation

The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and reconciliation process —starting in Ferguson, Missouri ...

What do you think of Boston hosting the 2024 Olympics?

Probably not. Looking at what happened with the Marathon bombing, we would have to have more police and more security. It would be chaos. — Shaleia, Retail Associate, Roxbury

An attack on black progress

Gov. Charlie Baker has selected Ronald L. Walker II to join his administration as secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. An objective review of Ron Walker’s resume would determine that he is uniquely qualified for that post. As co-founder and ...

What do you think is Deval Patrick’s legacy as governor?

He is someone any child in America could look up to. He carried himself with class and dignity. — Jesus Rosa, Executive Director, Weymouth

‘Selma’ got it right about Johnson, the FBI and King

The debate is sharp over whether the movie Selma got it right about Lyndon Johnson and his relationship with and to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A counter argument challenges the film’s depiction of Johnson as at best wary of ...

More than ever, education is the key to success

Academic achievement was always respected by African Americans. Even in the days of slavery, education was desired, although it was often unattainable. Black commitment to the importance of educational achievement should now be stronger than ever.

New York police defiantly turn away from civility

New York police officers violated basic laws of civility when they protested during New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s formal condolences to the family at the funeral of their fellow officer, Rafael Ramos, who was murdered by a deranged killer.

Elizabeth Warren is good and bad news for the Democrats

Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s growing national stature presents a challenge to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats considering a run for the presidency.

Rage: the product of a violent culture

As the assassination of the New York police officers indicates, non-violence is not an infallible effort.

The death of courtesy

At the end of December it’s time to develop New Year’s resolutions to correct the foibles of the prior year. In order to do this, there has to be an objective assessment of one’s flaws. However, the capacity to perceive ...

How the white South became the white South again

Republicans won the South in the 1964 presidential election with a racially-divisive campaign strategy.

Building wealth, even in the season of giving

At a time when many are focused on spending, it’s more important than ever to focus on building wealth.