The northeastern United States is hunkering down for a potentially devastating winter storm this weekend. As Winter Storm Jonas approaches, meteorologists are predicting historic amounts of snow, with anywhere from 1 to more than 2 feet from Friday to Sunday. And while Washington D.C. and Baltimore are at the center of Jonas’ path, the entire Eastern seaboard has been told to prepare for the worst.
Where did our current funeral rituals come from, and as they fall out of fashion, what will we replace them with? Humankind has always been fascinated with death. Where faith helps answer…
Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park was once the site of the founding of the second Ku Klux Klan (in 1915) and is now home to the controversial rock relief depicting three Confederate leaders: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The massive Mount Rushmore-style tribute is known to have attracted white supremacists across the nation, while sparking rage among many who believe the park should be a memorial to the Civil War, not just the Confederacy.
Those critics of the Black Lives Matter movement who claim minorities receive fair and equal treatment from the police might want to rethink their stance. A St. Paul, Minn., police officer is on administrative leave after laying out how to legally run over BLM marchers on Martin Luther King Day in a Facebook post.
52 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his way to Oslo, Norway, where he would receive a Nobel Peace Prize. At this point in his career, King — whose legacy we celebrate today — had already led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight against segregation, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama and the “March on Washington,” where King delivered his timeless “I Have a Dream” speech.
While comparatively lesser known, King’s words in Oslo bear repeating. Some of the troubling themes King recounts — threats to voting rights, terror in houses of worship, interminable war and limits to economic opportunity — persist today. Many of his words, such as the fact that “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace…[and] the foundation of such a method is love,” still go unheeded.
You can read the entirety of King’s Nobel acceptance speech here.