50 Years After Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize: The Power of Nonviolence

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. I believe in this method because I think it is the only way to re-establish a broken community. —The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., University of Oslo, Dec. 10, 1964 It was 50 years ago this month that Martin Luther King Jr. made this statement during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Norway. …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘I Love Lucy’ … Cuban Missiles

Notable events from our shared experience The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 14, 1964. In his acceptance speech, he says: “I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners — all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty — and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than …

Nelson Mandela: 5 Musical Tributes to a Remarkable Hero

Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95 in Johannesburg, South Africa, was one of the most remarkable heroes of the 20th century. He organized and led armed resistance against South Africa’s apartheid regime, which had disenfranchised 23 million black citizens and forced them to live in abysmal poverty, and endured decades of brutal imprisonment as a result. But after his release in 1990, he worked to negotiate a peaceful end to institutionalized racism – an achievement that earned …

At 82, Writer Alice Munro Wins a Nobel Prize

Short story fans and Canadians are among the many reveling in today’s announcement that master writer Alice Munro, at 82, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature – the first Canadian-based writer to do so. Her publisher reports that she was “amazed, and very grateful” to hear the news early this morning, which was left as a voicemail when the committee couldn’t reach her directly. How nice must it have been to get that message? Get discounts on dining, entertainment, …

Remembering MLK’s Legacy

Yesterday, we celebrated that legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. For me, it was a wonderful opportunity to reminisce his dream for a just and equal society and being reminded about our personal responsibility to keep his vision alive. It was also time to reflect on this country’s turbulent history and be thankful for the sacrifices made by MLK and other visionary civil rights’ leaders. In large part, Latinos and women owe their freedom directly to the sacrifices made by …

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai Dies At 71

When Wangari Maathai joined Mike Cuthbert of AARP’s Prime Time Radio to talk about peace and the environment a few years back, we knew we were in the presence of a force of nature. Maathai was funny and charming, and colorful in every way, including her trademark sky-high wrapped head scarf. Admirers around the world were sad to learn that she had died of cancer Sunday at age 71. We remember her with this video excerpt, in which she tells …