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This site is designed to help sociology instructors incorporate videos into their classes. Check out our blog, look through our pics page, and search our growing database of video clips. Each clip is tagged with appropriate sociological themes and organized for busy instructors. We invite you to join the discussion and comment on how you have used the videos in your classes, and to submit a clip of your own. Enjoy!
Video of the Week
Today, January 18th, is Martin Luther King Jr Day. On this day, we honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and in his spirit, give our service to the struggle for social justice. The day before he died, Dr King delivered one of his famous and powerful speeches, stating: "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! And so I'm happy, tonight."
We might also ask ourselves how Dr. King might think of the struggle for social justice today. Now 47 years after his assassination, we see relentless assaults being waged on the ideals for which Dr King stood. Cuts to education, social programs, attacks on health care ... all while resources are diverted to more wars and corporate tax breaks. You might browse our videos on race and ethnicity, poverty and class, inequality, and social movements to reflect on the state of these issues, and possibilities for change. As King noted in our video of the week, "somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren't going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren't going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on." It is up to us to carry on this fight and "we are going on"!