Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, the first disabled woman elected to Congress, hit Amtrak following a report it wanted to charge a pair of passengers in wheelchairs $25,000 for a one-way ticket and called for a meeting with its CEO.
Within 10 years, all of the nation’s 74 million baby boomers will be 65 or older. The most senior among them will be on the cusp of 85. Even sooner, by 2025, the number of seniors (65 million) is expected to surpass that of children age 13 and under (58 million) for the first time, according to Census Bureau projections. “In the history of the human species, there’s never been a time like [this],” said Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, referring to the changing balance between young people and old.
At Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” This intimate conversation about sound planning, determining purpose and belief in personal dignity, personal excellence, and self-worth underscores all of Dr. King’s work for justice and inclusion. We must not let anyone else define our beauty or identity and work to create a world in which all people have the opportunity to know self-love and respect.
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