Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Civil Rights Act of 1964 Turns 54 Amid Threats to Justice

Read the act, which put in place protections against discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

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Poor People's Campaign Launches With March on Capitol Hill

The campaign’s list of demands directly address the issues of systemic racism and economic inequality.

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Watch the Electrifying Conclusion of Dr. King's Final Speech

King celebrated the ongoing fight for social and racial equity during his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis.

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4 Questions with 'King in the Wilderness' Producer Trey Ellis

The writer and educator speaks about his new HBO documentary, which focuses on the turbulent last years of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

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It's Our Job to Finish Dr. Martin Luther King's Economic Justice Work [Opinion]

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner reflects on the critical income inequality work he supported and our urgent need to finish it. 

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Dodge Faces Backlash for Using Anti-Capitalist Martin Luther King Jr. Sermon in Super Bowl Ad

The truck commercial uses part of King’s “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon—conveniently omitting the part where he denounces advertising as part of an oppressive economic system.

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Civil Rights Strategist and Activist Wyatt Tee Walker Dies

Walker worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s.

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LIVESTREAM: Lupita Nyong'o, Black Thought and More Pay Tribute to Dr. King at 'MLK Now 2018'

Organized by Blackout for Human Rights, the artistic celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy returns to the Riverside Chuch in Harlem for a third year.

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Faith Leaders Revive MLK's 'Poor People's Campaign' 50 Years Later

Faith leaders around the country are recreating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mass mobilization of working-class people.

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Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher to Dramatize the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike in 'I Am a Man'

The Oscar-winning writer will adapt a 2007 book by labor historian Michael K. Honey that chronicles how striking Black sanitation workers demanded racial equity. 

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Emmett Till Was Lynched on This Day in 1955. Martin Luther King Jr. Told The World About His Dream 8 Years Later.

Two landmark moments, forever intertwined with the ongoing quest for Black liberation, took place eight years apart on the same day.

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MLK's Revolutionary Speech, 'Beyond Vietnam' Turned 50. Here's How It's Relevant to Our Current Crazy

April 4 is significant for two reasons: On April 4, 1967 we see the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King making his first antiwar speech, “Beyond Vietnam.” On April 4, 1968, King is assassinated. We talked to veteran activist and King scholar Rev. Osagyefo Sekou about what that speech means today. and why King’s legacy cannot be reduced to “I Have a Dream.”

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The Majority Launches 28 Days of Direct Actions

The coalition brings together 50+ activist and advocacy organizations for a month of mobilization.

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Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Civil Rights Movement Photos

Bob Adelman’s photos of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and other racial justice figures from the 1960s onward will now be part of the Library’s collection. 

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How I Met the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s image has been flattened into that of a non-threatening dreamer. But the truth is, he was a politically radical thinker who not only fought for racial justice but for restructuring the economic order in this country.

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Deciding to Lead With Love, Despite an Enraging Political Climate

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. teaches us that leading with love is a decision rather than a naturally occurring phenomenon. In this hostile political moment, commit to practicing a love that makes room for anger but not for contempt.  

 
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LIVESTREAM: David Oyelowo, Q-Tip and More Honor Dr. King's Legacy at 'MLK Now 2017'

Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s second “MLK Now” event airs live from Harlem’s Riverside Church at 2 p.m. EST

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READ: Coretta Scott King's 1986 Letter Condemning Jeff Sessions

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly Black voters.”

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WATCH: Trailer for 'I Am Not Your Negro' Trailer Brings James Baldwin's Words to Life

The Samuel L. Jackson-narrated documentary opens in theaters February 3.

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'I Am Not Your Negro,' '13th' and 'O.J.: Made in America' Shortlisted for Oscar Doc Nominations

Will one of these projects win an Oscar in January?