After we got a brief break yesterday from the cold and snow we saw early this weekend, today looks set to be another cold one. But the region should get a little warmer as we move deeper into the week. 🙏
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and we have articles for you that discuss and analyze King’s legacy, especially on some of the radical political ideas that many people might not know about. Also, an ex-Eagles head coach took his team to the Super Bowl yesterday with a win in the AFC championship game.
Kim is a former national security aide for President Barack Obama. And the Democrat narrowly won a South Jersey district in 2018 that President Trump won by six points in 2016.
Unlike Rep. Jeff Van Drew, his South Jersey colleague who ran as a Democrat and flipped a district that voted for Trump, Kim decided to vote for impeachment. Van Drew voted against it and defected to the GOP.
While Kim says his decision was politics-free, his opponents are trying to paint him as a “left-wing radical.”
The legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is often associated with his “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech has come to be remembered as, among other things, inspired and optimistic about race relations in the U.S.
More and more, black Americans are calling for new ways to analyze and celebrate King’s legacy more accurately. He denounced racism, materialism, and militarism. And he focused on trying to fix entrenched inequity, especially in U.S. economic policy. But, some say that America’s sanitizing of King’s ideas prevents them from growing into a larger movement.
Educators in 12 school districts across the state are piloting a curriculum that includes instruction about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Last year, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law requiring New Jersey’s public schools to include LGBTQ-related instruction, and it takes effect statewide next school year.
But the movement has its detractors who believe the curriculum is inappropriate. Parents, they argue, not schools should be the ones teaching their children about what they believe is a moral issue. Some have asked for an “opt-out” option for their children, but that’s not allowed under the law.
Did you do anything fun in the snow this weekend? Looks like @adam_englehart got out to shoot some awesome pics!
Tag your Instagram posts or tweets with #OurPhilly and we’ll pick our favorite each day to feature in this newsletter and give you a shout out!
“While there’s nothing inherently wrong with Philadelphia honoring that legacy through community service, limiting the day to generic volunteerism, here or elsewhere, is a gross misrepresentation of King’s radical message.” — writes Rashad Grove, a journalist, media personality, and pastor in Wayne, about how the MLK Day of Service dilutes Dr. Martin Luther King’s radical political message.