Tag Archives: Martin Luther King

Since King’s “Dream” speech, where are black representatives in the House?

On this day commemorating the work of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s worth looking at one political metric — representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Eric Ostermeir, in the 51 years since the “I have a dream” speech, 26 states have elected black people to Congress. Thus 24 (including Maine), […]

We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome By Amy Fried Posted April 24, 2012, at 3:42 p.m. Published by the Bangor Daily News  [See also Johnson’s “We shall overcome” speech: What LBJ wanted his speechwriter to know and Martin, Barack, and Lyndon]   On the voyages that are our lives, the poet Tennyson wrote, “I am a part of all that I have met.” And, indeed, […]

Johnson’s “We shall overcome” speech: What LBJ wanted his speechwriter to know

President Lyndon Johnson’s speech urging Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act is one of the great American speeches of the twentieth century. It was also, as Johnson biographer Robert Caro wrote, “the speech that made Martin Luther King cry.” I wrote about this speech right after the Martin Luther King memorial was dedicated in […]