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Martin Luther King’s defining moment: A kitchen, in Montgomery, Alabama, past midnight

Dexter Parsonage Martin Luther King
Posted on January 18, 2010 by | Southeast Travel | 10 Comments

Well before the March on Washington. Or his “I have a Dream” speech. There was a defining moment for Martin Luther King, Jr. And it came past midnight, in a kitchen, at 309 South Jackson Street, in Montgomery, Alabama. King was 27 years old, two years into his role as pastor of nearby Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Over the past month, King had been leading the Montgomery bus boycott, a decision that set off a series of death threats delivered via mail and phone to his residence — as many as 30 to 40 calls daily, often at night. Normally,…

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Inside Detroit’s Jeanette Pierce dares you: Fall in love with Detroit (yes, Detroit)

She's got a thing for Detroit: Inside Detroit's Jeanette Pierce
Posted on January 16, 2010 by | Midwest Travel | One Comment

Jeanette Pierce was feeling a little tired the other morning. Then she got to talking. About Detroit. Watch out! “I get really excited,” said Pierce, by phone. “Detroit’s kind of my drug of choice … I’m not allowed to have caffeine and talk about Detroit at the same time.” Before we go any further, let’s get a few things off the table. Yes, Pierce lives in Detroit, and yes, she “loves” it. But, no, she’s not stuck here. “People think we must be here because we can’t sell our homes,” says Pierce. “That is not the case. If you gave…

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Obama’s political roots: Lyndon Johnson’s Texas White House helps tell the story

"All the world is welcome here." LBJ points the way to his ranch, Sept 1963 (Photo by: Volkmar K. Wentzel)
Posted on January 5, 2010 by | Southwest Travel | 3 Comments

STONEWALL, Texas — There’s something wistful about this place: a sprawling 600-acre property along the Pedernales River in central Texas. More than 35 years after Lyndon Johnson’s death, the LBJ Ranch — or “Texas White House,” as it came to be known because of the large amount of time Johnson spent here during his presidency — still bears his imprint. His glasses rest on a desk in the main house. His prized Lincoln Continentals, beneath a carport canopy. The ranch itself still operates, with nearly 100 Hereford cattle that descend from the same line of livestock Johnson once raised. Then…

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