My memories of Dr. King

first_imgMartin Luther King Jr. made a January 1965 visit to Harvard, where he is pictured with Harvard President Nathan M. Pusey (left), and the Rev. Charles P. Price on the steps of Appleton Chapel. Photo courtesy of Harvard University ArchivesActivities for Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Harvard  Jan. 17: Harvard will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre with “Joyful Noise,” a concert featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir.Jan. 18: The Memorial Church will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. during its Sunday service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walter E. Fluker, the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University’s School of Theology, will deliver the sermon. Harvey Cox was a Harvard doctoral student in the early 1960s when his friend the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called and asked him to help create a Boston branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the influential Civil Rights organization that King helped found in 1957. Cox recalled, “I said to him, ‘Well, Martin, sure, we’ll do something. In Boston, we don’t consider ourselves particularly Southern.’ He said, ‘We’d like to keep that name.’” Starting in 1962 and for the next few years, Cox recruited people for Southern Civil Rights marches, rallies, and demonstrations, where nonviolent protesters often were repeatedly attacked by police and local authorities. King’s thinking at the time, said Cox, Harvard’s Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, was that “the publicity of sympathetic Northern folks being there would tame the violence a little bit and provide wider publicity.” Cox took part in several protests, including two marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. The two men remained friends until King was assassinated in 1968.Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Gazette spoke with Cox about his friendship with the Civil Rights leader and his lasting legacy.GAZETTE: How did you meet the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.?COX: We met way, way back when I was chaplain at Oberlin College. That was back in the late ’50s, when Dr. King was leading the Montgomery bus boycott. He was a young, unknown minister at the time. Nobody knew much about him, but they’d heard a little bit about this bus boycott. I invited him to come and speak at Oberlin, and he came. This must have been about 1957-58. He came and spent a couple days, and I got to know him very well. And it turned out that we were born the same year, we were both Baptist ministers, we both had a strong interest in the theologian Paul Tillich. In fact, King had written his dissertation over at Boston University on Tillich. So we formed a kind of a friendship that continued.GAZETTE: As you worked with and got to know him, what was he like?COX: It was one of those immediate friendships. We had these common interests that were quite evident as soon as we started talking to each other. And so I was impressed. He was serious. But one thing I like to say is the man had a fabulous sense of humor, which doesn’t come across in many of the tributes that you hear or see on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He could be very funny. But he didn’t do that very much in public. He had a rather serious expression, a serious mien. But he could mimic people, for example. When I was with him on several of these campaigns, he mimicked Lyndon Johnson, [Dallas County, Ala.] Sheriff Jim Clark, and other people, and he had everybody around him just laughing uproariously because he did it so well.So I got to know him quite well. In fact, he asked me — in 1966, I think it was — to give the main address at the annual meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was taking place, believe it or not, in Birmingham. This was after the Civil Rights Act had been passed, and they wanted to get right back to Birmingham and have this big conference there to demonstrate clearly that there had been a significant victory overcoming the racial discrimination policies of the hotels and the restaurants and all that. So I was there for that, and I consider it one of the main high points in my academic, public life, speaking to that assembly. … I continued to be in touch with him until he was killed in April of 1968.GAZETTE: Can you tell me where you where that day?COX: I was over at a conference in North Carolina. I quickly left for home. I did not go to Atlanta to the funeral … but I remember the day, and I felt really quite bereft. I knew that this was going to be a bad day, and for American history. Sure enough, two months later Robert Kennedy was killed. It was not a good year.But I was especially impressed with Dr. King’s total and unwavering commitment to nonviolence. Toward the end of this career, he was under considerable pressure from other elements in the freedom movement, which is what we called it at that time, to forgo all this nonviolent business. He would not. He said, “If I am the last person in America that’s still advocating nonviolence, I’ll continue to do so.” He demonstrated that you could actually accomplish things that way. He learned a lot from Gandhi, and said that on many occasions. It was Gandhi and Jesus who were his two main instructors.To tell you the truth, I knew this was a wonderful experience I was having. I was very fond of him. I was very admiring of him. But I didn’t know until 10, 20, 30 years later that I was really in the middle of one of the great chapters in American history and of one of the most significant figures in 20th-century American history. … But sometimes you don’t know that when you are right in the middle of it.GAZETTE: Were you involved in the Selma-to-Montgomery marches?COX: I was. There were three marches in 1965. There was the first one, where everybody got beat up. I wasn’t there for that. That was the one led by John Lewis. Dr. King was not there. They were going across the Edmund Pettus Bridge when they were set upon by the police and knocked around and beaten up. And then Dr. King came down for the second march. I was there for that one. We were stopped at the bridge by phalanxes of police, and Dr. King decided to turn back. He asked, “May we pray.” We prayed, and then we turned back. And then there was another march after the Supreme Court issued an order that we should be allowed to march from Selma to Montgomery, so I was there for that one. I have to admit, I didn’t walk the whole way from Selma to Montgomery, but I walked part of the way.GAZETTE: What was the atmosphere like?COX: That was celebrative because we had the law on our side at that point. We were protected by the National Guard — a very different scene than from the first two marches.GAZETTE: What do you consider King’s most important lasting lesson?COX: He was so utterly committed to human dignity across all kinds of racial lines and other dividing lines. I think the thing that is forgotten so much about him is toward the last two years of his life he got enormously interested in the economic inequality in American life that he thought was so closely tied in with the racial division. Remember that when he was shot in Memphis, he was there supporting the sanitation workers, the garbage collectors’ campaign for a fair wage. He had just organized the Poor People’s Campaign, and they had their tents pitched out there in Washington. He was turning from a more racially inclusive society to one where the economic opportunities were more justly distributed.And I have thought about him a lot as I have been reading some of the pronouncements of Pope Francis. Pope Francis is saying some of those very same things. We don’t often hear those kinds of views so much on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But that’s really where he was when he was killed. He was moving away from even from what you might call racial justice, which he certainly was committed to, to a broader and deeper view of the imbalance and injustice in American society.GAZETTE: Can you compare the protests from your generation to the national protests in recent months in the wake of events in Ferguson and Staten Island? Do you see similarities, difference?COX: There are some similarities, and there are some real differences. I think, for example in Ferguson, even though there were people there, including some of my students, who were organizing nonviolent demonstrations and protest, the press focused on really a minority of people who were breaking windows and engaged in really violent kinds of protests. Now, we had a little bit of that during the earlier movement, but I think the need to organize people very carefully and long in advance and very well for massive nonviolent protest is something that King and his staff did superbly. …The Boston protest was a wonderful example of disciplined nonviolence. But these things don’t happen automatically. People have to be prepared for this, even trained for it. We had workshops and things that we did with these young kids who were in those marches in Mississippi and Alabama and so on. And I don’t know how much of that is going on now. I wish more of it were.last_img read more

Argentina Is “Least Loved” Team, and Brazil Is Most Loved, According to Survey

first_imgBy Dialogo May 21, 2010 How wrong they are. No body talk about Uruguay, it means that people talk about what they read in the press.Of all mention teams only Germany and Netherlands are present for now.This uruguaian team it’s just lucky or they are good players, not mention by the press…? Argentina is the “least loved” team among the ‘big ones’ that will be competing for soccer’s World Cup in South Africa, and Brazil is the most loved in other countries, according to a survey conducted in nine countries by the French Public Opinion Institute (IFOP) and published Wednesday by the newspaper L’Équipe. According to the poll, 18% of those surveyed who said they were interested in soccer answered “Argentina” when asked “Which team do you like the least?,” slightly more than France, which received 16% of the votes, and Italy (13%). On the other side, on the question about the “most loved” team, Brazil clearly dominated, with 28% support, surpassing that received by the Spaniards (13%), who came in second. In the study, five thousand people in nine countries (the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, the United States, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and the Netherlands) were asked about their tastes in soccer and their expectations for the upcoming World Cup. Those responsible for the survey at the IFOP included among their conclusions that “the Latin teams, with their offensive style of soccer, are the favorites” of the fans. With regard to the teams considered in the best position to win the championship, Spain dominated with 32% of the votes among those surveyed, surpassing Brazil (25%) and France (16%). These results often diverged widely in favor of each country’s local team. In Spain, 72% of fans had confidence in the ‘Red’ team, while the level of optimism in Brazil was even higher, with 80% of the faithful of the ‘little canary’ believing that their country would bring home a new World Cup title.last_img read more

Kamal Miller’s right knee is the linchpin of SU’s defense

first_imgBefore Syracuse’s 3-2 loss to No.12 Notre Dame, Kamal Miller shifted his weight from foot to foot and jogged around the SU Soccer Stadium in a blue, long-sleeve warmup shirt. He skied passes to fellow defender Len Zeugner, routinely using his left leg instead of his right.The crux of the Orange backline — Miller’s right knee — was wrapped tightly. It was the only sign of a Grade 1 knee strain, confirmed by SU head coach Ian McIntyre last Tuesday, that threatened to derail SU’s season two weeks after it started. “It felt really great,” Miller said of his knee after the game. “I didn’t feel any problems at all.” Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) has conceded three goals in each of its last two games. Despite beating Hofstra, 4-3, on Sept. 2, Miller’s absence was apparent. His value was only highlighted after his performance against Notre Dame. McIntyre said the team will examine how Miller responds to treatment after exerting himself last Friday. The other key defenders, Sondre Norheim and Zeugner, have a combined one year of experience in Syracuse’s 3-5-2 defensive formation. Norheim, a sophomore, and Zeugner, a grad-transfer from Boston College, scrambled after Hofstra forwards and left goalie Hendrik Hilpert on an island. Miller’s health will be key for SU to rebound after falling back to .500 headed into a matchup at Cornell (3-0) Monday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just needed a little rest,” Miller said. “I’m happy I got the opportunity to play.” Miller was injured two weeks ago in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 26. The senior was listed as “day-to-day” by McIntyre on Tuesday, and Miller said he spent “all week” with assistant athletic trainer Mike Mangano, “involved” in practice.In the opening minutes against ND, Miller’s knee was a nonfactor. During Notre Dame’s first possession, a pass from midfield was directed at Miller. Calmly, he rose up and headed it away. A moment later, he intercepted another pass with his head, this time triggering an SU run. “He did well at his capacity,” midfielder Hugo Delhommelle said. “He came back as the player we expect. He was a captain and a leader. We needed him.” Miller slotted in the left side of SU’s three-defender backline, his same position from last season. Syracuse’s offense benefited from the extra possession, generating high-quality scoring chances. While SU controlled possession in ND’s defensive third, Miller shuffled toward the middle of the field, acting as a center fielder. On one ND breakaway in the first half, Miller sprinted away from the SU bench and dispossessed the forward. A minute later, the Fighting Irish attacking the opposite end of the field, Miller tracked back and knocked the ball away with a slide tackle.“I think I had a good match,” Miller said. “I’d say I fatigued towards the end.”  With Syracuse trailing late in the second half, Miller exhausted himself by getting involved in SU’s offense. He attempted a bicycle kick but mishit the ball. He worked a give-and-go with Jonathan Hagman and sailed a shot over the net. Afterward, Miller jogged to midfield, taking his post back as the Orange’s premier defender. The effort earned him applause from SU Soccer Stadium, his importance recognized. “He’s been out of practice,” McIntyre said. “We put him in this big game … That character, that personality allowed him to hang out there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 10, 2018 at 12:14 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

Hughes backs Crouch after Stoke beat Fulham

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes believes Peter Crouch can get his Premier League season going after the striker’s goal steered the Potters into the Capital One Cup fourth round.The Ealing-raised former QPR star’s inclusion was one of eight changes ex-Fulham boss Hughes made for the game at Craven Cottage, where the visitors won 1-0.Stoke are yet to win in the league this season and Hughes said: “It was an opportunity for some of the players who haven’t played yet, and some of them certainly did their cause no harm whatsoever.“Pete needed that game. He’s struggled in pre-season because he had an operation that didn’t go quite as planned, and it set him back somewhat.“He’s been behind where he needed to be for quite some time, probably all of pre-season, so it’s only now that he is getting up to speed. It was important he got game time tonight and I thought he did really well.“He scored a goal which, of course, as a striker you want the benefit to scoring goals. It was a good finish and he’ll start to progress this season I’m sure.”See also:Fulham edged out by Stoke in cup clashSymons praises ‘excellent’ Fulham after cup defeatFulham v Stoke player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Those bigger Splash Bros waves? Call it a Durant-less desperation

first_imgOAKLAND — It hasn’t been a matter of strategy but desperation that prompted the Splash Brothers to make more waves the past two games.Since Kevin Durant suffered a calf strain late in the third quarter of Game 5 vs. Houston, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have amped up their production by increasing their aggressiveness.FOLLOW THE GAME 2 ACTION IN REAL-TIMECurry averaged 34.5 points in the Game 6 series-clincher vs. the Rockets and Game 1 of the Western Conference finals vs. the Portland …last_img read more

Far-Out Cosmic Ideas Taught as Science

first_imgSecular cosmology is where the words cosmic and comic become interchangeable.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. Recent news items are shared briefly for those who wish to investigate.]Aliens May Well Exist in a Parallel Universe, New Studies Find ( a multiverse be habitable to life? (Astrobiology Magazine).How Anti-Religious Bias Prevented Scientists from Accepting the Big Bang ( seasons could signal alien life (Science Daily).How much can we know? (Nature).Try your hand at being a CEH reporter! Read and analyze the claims above.(Visited 464 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African invention helps North Darfur women

first_imgA woman in El Fasher, North Darfur, usesa Hippo water roller, a device for easilyand efficiently carrying water. The Hippo,with its large drum capacity, frees womenand children from having to spend a largeportion of every day dedicated tocollecting water for their households.(Image: Albert Gonzalez, Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben ParkerDirector, Irin News+254 733 860082RELATED ARTICLES• Sudan vote boosts airline industry• Tapping into ingenuity• Zuma supports referendum results• Pure water in a jiffy• Unesco lauds SA literacy projectSource: Irin NewsA water project supported by the UN-African Union peacekeeping force (Unamid) in eight villages of North Darfur will not only facilitate residents’ access to water, but will also help to reduce sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the region, local residents and Unamid officials said.“For years we have been afraid of being attacked while fetching water and collecting firewood; it is not always possible to move in groups and we are often escorted by men or Unamid peacekeepers,” a resident of Kuma Garadayat village, who declined to be named, told Irin News.Kuma Garadayat, 60km from El Fasher in North Darfur, is one of the villages where the water project was launched on 26 April. The eight villages host at least 3 000 returnees.About 30 000 rolling water containers, with a capacity of 75 litres each, the equivalent of four jerry cans, were distributed to women in the villages, all with poor access to water and severely affected by drought during the dry season.“I hope through the water carriers, things will become easier for us; we’ll be less exposed,” the anonymous villager added.According to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), most SGBV cases in Darfur still occur during water and firewood collection.Because of generally poor access to justice, a sense of impunity, and the social stigmas attached to SBGV, the international community in Darfur has launched several prevention, protection and response activities, including firewood patrols.Hippo helping communitiesThe water project is one of a number of broader Unamid-backed recovery projects, which include training midwives and helping to improve health and education in villages.Several thousand water hippos will be dispatched over the next two weeks, mainly to women heads of households, the vulnerable and people living far from water points, says Unamid.The Hippo water roller, a South African invention, is a durable barrel-shaped polyethylene container that holds water and is rolled along the ground instead of being carried. A steel roller attached to the drum allows it to be pushed or pulled even over bumpy ground.The Hippo roller was developed in 1992 by South African engineers Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. According to manufacturer Imvubu Projects, because the weight of the water is carried on the ground, even children and the elderly can manage a full roller, allowing for collection of five times more water with less effort.Former president Nelson Mandela has personally endorsed the product.“One of the major sources of conflict in Darfur is access to water,” said Unamid head Ibrahim Gambari in a statement.“This project will make life easier and safer for women, and will also serve to underscore the fact that water hasn’t only been a source of conflict, it is also the solution,” he said.“It is our hope that their [the barrels’] use will not only support former displaced persons but also help protect civilians as they return to resume their lives.”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal rout

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pulled up Fabinho after their thrashing of Arsenal.After the 5-1 win, Klopp admits he wanted better from the Brazil midfielder.Klopp said: “Fabinho hit two very average passes and he was shaky in the next couple of moments. That can happen – it’s all part of the process.”Football is a game full of mistakes and it’s how you deal with it. “Then we could bring Jordan Henderson on and he was so fresh. Arsenal didn’t have a lot of chances but that allowed us to close all the space in midfield.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Trophies not most important factor landing fulltime Man Utd job

first_imgSolskjaer: Trophies not most important factor landing fulltime Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can land the job long-term without winning a trophy this season.Solskjaer believes playing with pace and flair, in the club’s traditional way, will determine whether he gets the job full-time, rather than delivering Champions League qualification or silverware.Asked what it will take for him to be a genuine candidate for the job full-time, the 46-year-old said: “Get to summer and people are talking about the way United are playing, the style we’re playing, that it reminds us of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, it reminds us of the successful times.“It has to start with the way we play, because results you cannot control. You can control how you approach the game and how you play.“And, of course, trophies — if you can get to the final of the FA Cup and get a trophy.“That was my last game for United, we lost an FA Cup Final [to Chelsea in 2006]. That was a tough last year. Let’s see in May if it’s a success or not.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more