Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: civil rights

Freedom songs – A life worth living – Part 56

Pete Seeger, singing We Shall Overcome. An important part of the civil rights movement was the freedom songs. King called them the “soul of the movement,” as old as the history of the African-American in the U.S. There were songs of sorrow, the shouts for joy, the battle hymns, and the anthems. Words like, “Woke […]


Rosa Parks and the bus boycott – A life worth living – Part 50

In 1955 MLK became Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he earned his PhD in theology from Boston University. It was while he attended school in Boston that King met Coretta Scott, who was attending the New England Conservatory of Music nearby. They fell in love and married in June 1953. In April 1954, Dr. […]


Martin Luther King, Jr. – A life worth living – Part 48

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (1929 – 1968) We now move on, from the holocaust and Oskar Schindler of the forties to a completely different area of the world and a different kind of history—the civil rights movement in the United States during the fifties and sixties. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and […]


Our right to be heard

One of the worst forms of stigma against those living with mental health challenges is not having their truth heard. Not considered credible. Not believed. Not considered as much of a person as others are. Simply because they’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness with no consideration given to how well-functioning they might be. If […]


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