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Gandhi, King, and social media

For the last few years, the role of social media in social movements has been the subject of some debate. Some commentators hail social media as a revolutionary tool for revolutionaries, while others claim that the revolution “will not be tweeted,” Malcolm Gladwell and Clay…

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17 Mar 2013 Posted by aura in Freedom Fighting no comments

King, the mass media, and storytelling

They became what they beheld. ~ William Blake, Jerusalem When asked what one book (the Bible excepted) he would like to have on a desert isle, Martin Luther King chose Plato’s Republic. (Alex Haley interview with Martin Luther King) As a poet, I have long been…

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10 Mar 2013 Posted by aura in Freedom Fighting no comments

Gandhi, King, and religious duty

Gandhi and King were, above all, spiritual leaders. A modern-day Gandhi and King would be working to lead a faith-based social reform movement, just as the historical Gandhi and King did. For Gandhi, the hierarchy of duty was clear. “My patriotism is subservient to my…

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24 Feb 2013 Posted by aura in Freedom Fighting no comments

Civic holidays and civic duty

If Presidents Day (February 18 this year) is a holiday for you, is it a day of sleeping in, sales, and shopping? How would a modern-day Martin Luther King or Gandhi celebrate Presidents Day? He or she would most likely be disappointed that the holiday has devolved…

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10 Feb 2013 Posted by aura in Freedom Fighting no comments

MLK, birth control, and abortion

Last week, in response to sustained opposition to birth control provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration proposed new rules that would allow religious and nonprofit organizations that morally object to contraceptives to not offer that benefit for their employees. What would a modern-day…

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03 Feb 2013 Posted by aura in Freedom Fighting no comments