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- March on Washington 50th Anniversary – August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” Many say King’s dream is still not fully fulfilled. The Trayvon Martin case highlighted ongoing racial divides, but in some areas, the case has also been a catalyst for new discussions about race. In Sanford, Florida, where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot Martin, pastors have been building relationships across racial lines. Kim Lawton looks at that effort and how, as civil rights leader Vincent Harding says, inter-racial relationships were always part of King’s dream.
- Moral Mondays – For the past several months, protesters in North Carolina gathered outside and inside the General Assembly in Raleigh and in other cities to object to what they felt is an extremely unjust budget and far right social agenda. As Lucky Severson reports, Moral Mondays was initiated by Pastor Richard Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP and includes a number of clergy from different denominations who have signed a statement saying many of the new laws passed by the recently elected legislature and signed by the governor adversely affect the poor, aging and children. More demonstrations are planned for the anniversary of the March on Washington.