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As always, 900AM-WURD joins the world on the observance of Martin Luther King Day with special programming and participation in various events around the region. Read on for an overview of what we have planned this year.

Thanks to the release of the movie “SELMA” and the King holiday, there will be a lot of conversation about social justice, civil rights, and equality. But how many of us move beyond the Dr. King sound bytes to embrace the much more durable idea that love should be at the root of it all?

Inertia – the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion, including changes to its speed and direction. It is the tendency of objects to keep moving in a straight line at constant velocity.

In January we announced plans to update WURD’s soundprint and programming approach, and extend our global reach as a curator-source of content supporting progressive Black thought and activism – and we have made incredible strides to reach this goal in 2014!

Preachers, poets and activists – including the great Sonia Sanchez – reflect on the last words of seven Black men and women killed by police in 2014.

Wake Up With WURD‘s Solomon Jones (and his son!) appeared on a recent edition of ABC’s Nightline titled Two Fathers, Two Sons, Two Different Conversations on Race. It was an excellent follow-up to Solomon’s recent article about the pain and fear many Black fathers feel about the safety of their sons — not just in the wake of Ferguson, but all the time.

Protestors rallied outside of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex this past Sunday to take a stand against law enforcement injustice. Members of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (POWER) Organization were on hand as early as 6pm as men and women of the cloth and their congregations were brought together to pray and help raise their voices against injustice in our city as well as across the country.

How do you destroy the myths created by hundreds of years of propaganda, passed down in social studies classes and casual conversation, about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Is it reasonable to expect a vocal minority to convince the comfortable majority to willingly unplug from The Matrix?

“On the evening of Nov. 24, Lesley McSpadden stood in front of a crowd waiting for news of an indictment in the shooting death of her son by Officer Darren Wilson. With TV cameras poised to capture her reaction, McSpadden stood atop a car in front of the Ferguson Police Department, surrounded by supporters. She braced herself to hear what many of us had anticipated.”

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