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Smart Talk 01/16/2017: MLK Day

Smart Talk 01/16/2017: MLK Day

Monday Is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We commemorate the birth of the nation's most revered civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. His non-violent efforts to fight segregation in the South and organization of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference earned him a Nobel Peace Prize and a position in American history as one of the pre-eminent leaders of social justice.
Dr. King's legacy thrives in communities across America, but in recent years a growing chasm has emerged in race relations. The shootings of unarmed black men, a recognition of the need for reform of what some call a racially biased justice system, an economic structure that falls short of addressing the needs of minorities and the working class and gross disparities in educational and residential opportunities represent just a few of the issues facing African-American communities in 2017. This, coupled with an incoming president who attracted very little support from Black America, presents a multitude