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About mdbwell

Pres., Project for the Beloved Community, Inc.; B.A.--Wesleyan University; M.Div.--Yale University; Ph.D.--Boston University; Summer Study--Harvard University; Social ethicist; Ordained minister; Advocate for the poor

OBAMA AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST

All the negative hoopla about President Barack Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 5, 2015, should stop. First of all, it was a brief reference to the Crusades and the Inquisition, to which Obama alluded in … Continue reading

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A KING’S VILLANELLE

I think with King most folks get the rhyme wrong: He’s left so many signs that tell his mind. What joy it is to sing his simple song! His care for those who ached all the day long Engrossed him … Continue reading

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THE REAL KING

During the last three years of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., was making some changes in his approach to realizing his vision of the beloved community. After having received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964 and witnessing the … Continue reading

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CALIFANO MISREPRESENTS JOHNSON’S ROLE

Any representation of Martin Luther King, Jr., will always be hopelessly inadequate in my estimation—so enamored of the real deal am I!  I think the enactment by David Oyelowo is less than satisfactory; I feel he does not really capture … Continue reading

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Freedom of Expression? Yes!

As an advocate of nonviolent direct action, I believe there are always alternatives to violence that can be effective and instructive. Continue reading

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REMEMBERING MARIO CUOMO

I did not know Mario Cuomo personally, but I came to admire him a lot—not for his role as a politician and three-term governor of New York, but for his citizenship, service, and truth-telling about the obscenities of xenophobia in … Continue reading

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WAR AGAIN?

Here are my thoughts a day or so prior to the air strikes. It appears we are on the brink of war, again! Massive air strikes against the capital of ISIS in Raqqa in northern Syria have begun. What does … Continue reading

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VINCENT HARDING: MY KIND OF HERO!

As a matter of fact, Harding, so frustrated with U.S. escalation of the war in Vietnam, finally convinced King, after two years, officially to speak out against the military endeavor. Continue reading

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EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

I grew up with four sisters and two brothers.  Academically, my sisters performed very well and entered the job market with a competitive advantage.  They had attended topnotch schools, with one becoming a business executive and another becoming a postmaster … Continue reading

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INCOME INEQUALITY: OBAMA V. FRANCIS

I have always admired and respected Catholic social teaching, especially with regards to helping the so-called least of these.  Concern for the needy and the disinherited in the United States and in the world has been a continuous focus of … Continue reading

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