Upton Sinclair passed away 50 years ago on November 25, 1968. He was a controversial figure to say the least. He was a prolific writer who is best remembered for his classic novel The Jungle, which was published in 1904.  The publication placed him alongside the muckrakers during the Progressive Era period of the 1890s…

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Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968 and took nearly three days (68 hours) to travel the distance to the moon. The three astronauts aboard were Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr., and Bill Anders. The latter was the mission photographer. Changed how we see the earth forever  Bill Anders captured an image of the earth…

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“We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- In 1967, the year…

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On November 21, 1963, the evening before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy (JFK) gave a speech in Houston during a dinner in honor of Congressmember Albert Thomas.  Thomas had spent the previous 27 years bringing Houston into a new era of influence through his innovative and proactive leadership. President Kennedy seized on the importance…

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The appalling assassinations of two accomplished advocates, Martin Luther King, Jr. (died April 4, 1968) and Robert F. Kennedy (died June 6, 1968) happened nearly 50 years ago (click here). Connecting their achievements and actions to the present, and the achievements and actions of other social reformers such as Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela, serve as…

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It was a 100 years ago that the National Vocational Education Act of 1917 was passed by Congress that helped shape vocational education in trades and industry including agriculture  Labor Day, which is celebrated in the United States (U.S.) on the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. However,…

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