1963 http://wkms.org en 50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-september-mourn-sixteenth-street-baptist-church-bombing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">50 years ago this Sunday, an explosion at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama killed four little girls in an act of racially motivated terrorism, marking a turning point in the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Civil Rights Movement. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian </span>Clardy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reflects on this tragic moment, and its historical significance in contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 34860 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing 50 Years Later: The Cultural Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech" http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-cultural-significance-dr-martin-luther-king-jrs-i-have-dream-speech <p>On this day 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of over 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement, and it's cultural significance then and 50 years later.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:20:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 34401 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Cultural Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech" 50 Years Later: Reflections on President Kennedy's Berlin Speech http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-reflections-president-kennedys-berlin-speech <p>On this day 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous "ich bin ein Berliner" speech to West Berlin, underlying support for the West 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this statement of US policy and its impact on the Cold War.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few days ago in my American History class, I lectured on the early years of the Cold War of the late </span>1940s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and early </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. With rapt attention, young Racer Nation listened to me drone on and on about the Berlin Airlift and the fact that the city would become what I called a “pregnant symbol” of the U.S.-Soviet conflict.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 32511 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: Reflections on President Kennedy's Berlin Speech