On a Monday morning the weather more closely resembled Martin Luther King Jr’s hometown of Atlanta, than it did downtown Concord. But the heat and humidity didn’t discourage those who had gathered at the statehouse for the historic bill signing.
Fifty years ago this month President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed a nearly $950-million anti-poverty bill into law, creating Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Economic Opportunity Act. President Johnson envisioned a wealthy country where no child would go unfed or unschooled. Five decades on, the official poverty rate has dropped, but childhood poverty is on the rise, as is income inequality. With no victory to declare, is it time for another war on poverty? Our guest is Angela Glover Blackwell. She responded to that question in New York Times’ “Room for Debate” series. She is founder and CEO of Policy Link, a national research and action institute which works to improve access and opportunity for people of color and residents of low-income community.
We talked with African Americans living in northern New England about the civil rights protest that helped change the course of racial history in the US. Fifty years later, Americans are still contemplating the legacy of that day and debating the extent to which Dr. Martin Luther king’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.
Community members gathered at events in Portsmouth, Hollis, and across the state today/Monday to celebrate the life – and the mission -- of Martin Luther King Jr.
Manchester, NH celebrated its 31st annual Martin Luther King Day community celebration at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
The Keynote speaker, Richard Haynes, is the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at UNH. He says he thinks about Martin Luther King’s legacy every day, as he drives to the University in Dover.