— It’s been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, changing the course of civil rights in America. AARP South Carolina invites members to celebrate the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 12-15, in Myrtle Beach. AARP is a key sponsor of the celebration, which includes a 5K Freedom Run, film festival, ecumenical service, talent show and parade. Saturday morning will feature a job fair and workshops on contract possibilities for small businesses and the …

— National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice”, often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …

— As America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), millions of eyes are on the hard-fought battle that was finally won in 1965. Forums, documentaries, and movies, such as “Selma”, are permeating the airwaves with the historic events that led to the Congressional passage of the VRA, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965. But, even as the celebration of the victory has begun, there are those whose eyes remain focused on …

— National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice,” often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …

— By Geneva Craig I was born in Selma, Alabama and I was basically a happy child, I knew that I was cared about and that I was loved by my family. My mother & father, my grandmother (Big Mama), aunts, uncles and cousins surrounded me. We had lots of good times that were filled with sharing & laugher. But something changed within me as I became more and more aware of the society in which I lived. It was a …

—   By Elaine Friesen-Strang On November 12, 2014, the Portland City Council received a progress report on what has transpired in our community since adopting a detailed action plan developed by the Age-Friendly Advisory Council. Following brief discussion, Mayor Charlie Hales and council members voted to pledge their continued support of the Plan, extending efforts to make Portland a more livable community for people of all ages.  In his opening comments, Mayor Hales highlighted the need for walkable neighborhoods, accessible …

— AARP Georgia and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. (NCCHR) are unveiling a special discount to AARP members as part of NCCHR’s inaugural year membership campaign. AARP Georgia values its 1 million members within the state and the organization is excited to expand its local membership benefits. This partnership will allow AARP members access to a 30% discount on a one-year Founding Membership to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. This special offer is valid through …

— AARP Georgia in collaboration with In the Life Atlanta is screening the film, Brother Outsider illuminating the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, …

— AARP Oklahoma member Joyce Henderson gets chills watching the grainy black and white film of Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering his iconic “I Have a Dream Speech” fifty years ago. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe I was actually there that day,” she says. “Who would have thought half a century later I’m still reflecting on August 28, 1963.” Click HERE to watch a video of Joyce reflecting on the March on Washington. Henderson — a 17-year old …

— Today, the nation reflects on the civil rights movement and race relations as we mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s evocative “I Have a Dream” speech. To commemorate, AARP brings you the words—and voices—of six people who were there that day and participated in the march. The six include: Edith Lee-Payne (pictured at left), a 12-year-old girl from Detroit; Gordon H. “Gunny” Gundrum, a U.S. Park Ranger chosen to guard Dr. …