The Promised Land: Different Takes on the Legacy of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King had a dream. "I've seen the promised land," he said. "I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land." It's more than four decades since he spoke those words - words that still ring in our ears, especially as we celebrate what would have been Dr. King's 80th birthday. During this special, The Promised Land: Different Takes on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, activist, environmentalist, humanitarian Majora Carter gauged the reach of King's influence. How far have we come? What has been the impact on our kids? On our communities? Listeners met a minister who suggests that King's legacy holds no meaning for today's children, and a composer whose newly commissioned work "The Homecoming: In Memoriam Martin Luther King" had its premier in September 2008. Paul Mooney, whose pen is behind many of the top African-American comedians, helped sort out how humor fits into discussions of King. Current voices in civil rights weighed in on the subject. Author and activist Dr. Vincent Harding recalled his association with Dr. King. Dolores Huerta talked about continuing the efforts begun by César Chávez and what it was like to work and live in his shadow. And listeners were introduced to Judy Bonds, a rural white woman fighting mountaintop mining and land desecration in her community. There was a time when she'd never heard of King, yet her battle echoes his in surprising and unexpected ways. And what's in a name? What if yours is Martin Luther King? Majora found out by calling people from the Atlanta phone book.

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