08/28/13 4:03pm
The Cosbys, upon learning how much their house would cost today

The Huxtables, upon learning how much their house would cost today

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of, if not the most, iconic speeches in American history. While the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech didn’t end racism or even the civil rights struggle that was happening at the time, it left an indelible mark on pretty much everyone but the most committed racists. So of course today, everyone from Google to conservatives hoping to claim King as their own to President Obama to uh, the Golf Channel is commemorating the speech.

You can do that too, with the help of Brooklyn Heights’ most famous fictional family, the Huxtables. Bill Cosby turned half of an episode of the show into a retelling of experiences of the speech, and while obviously the people delivering the memories are actors, that doesn’t make the memories, which some of them are old enough to actually have, any less real. So let’s take a day to remember King’s message of racial and economic justice, your thinkpiece on Miley Cyrus can wait until tomorrow. (more…)

01/21/13 4:00pm
Maybe one day you could look this thoughtful. via the Seattle Times

Maybe one day you could look this thoughtful. via the Seattle Times

On MLK Day, we’re challenged to rise above out usual pettiness and smallness to work towards a better, more equal future. Well, that and argue about whether or not he was a conservative. Easier said than done, of course, but MediaBistro has found a hack for you to start emulating the good doctor on the cheap: a list of the books that shaped his worldview that you can download for free. (more…)