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This was the real Barack Obama: not the calculating party politician with an eye on the next election, not a president sometimes accused of aloofness, even passivity – but a national leader boldly setting out what he wants to do, and only too aware he has precious little time to achieve it.
Film locations are always compelling destinations and New Zealand, the setting for The Hobbit will come back into focus in 2013.
When the mayor of LA held a weapons amnesty after the massacre at Sandy Hook, people were queueing round the block
It's been 57 years since the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus.
Yesterday the White House marked the anniversary by tweeting a picture of Barack Obama sitting in the bus where Parks stood her ground.
The only time I saw the late Gil Scott-Heron perform was in a New York nightclub in 2001. I had huge expectations of this iconic, radical, spoken-word artist and musician whose jazz-funk syncopations and uncompromising lyrics spawned generations of imitators. But it was already too late to see the great man as he once was. He would soon be busted for the drug addiction that led to two spells in prison. That night, his crack-ravaged performance was so bad, the audience talked over him.
Things carved in stone tend to stay that way forever, but that doesn't concern the poet Maya Angelou, who thinks a quotation attributed to Martin Luther King Jr that appears on a newly unveiled memorial in Washington should be changed because it makes him sound like a "twit".
Out of America: The figure of Martin Luther King stands 30ft high, in a monumental tribute to his stirring reconciliation speech made 48 years ago today
Natural disasters permitting, tomorrow will see the opening of Washington DC’s newest monument.
Tenor saxophonist Baptiste follows Let Freedom Ring!, his Martin Luther King dedication from 2003, with a more questioning reflection on "life's experience as a black man of Caribbean descent, playing jazz music in the UK".
When Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and told the world that he had a dream, it probably didn't involve anything like this.
The answer lies in changing the culture of two institutions - schools and the police
Almost half a century after he climbed the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and told the world that he had a dream, Martin Luther King is to receive perhaps the ultimate recognition of his standing as a modern American icon: a Steven Spielberg film chronicling his life and times.