Martin Luther King Jr.

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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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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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READ: Shaun King Advocates Nationwide Boycott to End Police Violence

“This country is clearly willing to continue killing unarmed men, women and children without ever making any serious efforts at reforms,” King writes. “This economic boycott can change that.”

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Beyoncé Honors Mothers of the Movement, Crushes 'Lemonade' Hits at MTV Video Music Awards

Plus, Rihanna took home the Video Vanguard Award, Kanye West spoke (a lot) and more from the VMAs. 

Asian-American Activists Demand #Justice4Akai, Protest Outside Major Chinese-Language Paper's Offices

Activists gathered outside Sing Tao Daily’s New York City office to protest the paper for not publishing a letter demanding justice for Akai Gurley. 

Anthony Mackie to Portray Johnnie Cochran in Film About Police Violence

The movie will reportedly focus on Cochran’s involvement in a 1981 police butality case in Signal Hill, California.

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#TBT To When Muhammad Ali Risked Prison and Title Loss to Resist the Vietnam War

Ali appealed his felony conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously overturned it in 1971. 

University of Chicago Fraternity Members' E-mails Tainted With Islamophobic, Anti-Black 'Jokes'

Members of UChicago’s Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter described a Muslim student as a “terrorist” and proposed a “Marathon Luther King Jr.” day-drinking celebration. 

EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Studs Terkel’s 'Black Power' Interview with Activist Charles Hamilton

As Chicago’s WFMT kicks off a campaign to bring the broadcaster’s legacy to the Internet, Colorlines has rare audio of his interview with the man who co-authored “Black Power: The Politics of Liberation” with Kwame Ture.

David Oyelowo on Lack of Black Oscar Nominees: 'The Academy Has a Problem'

The “Selma” star went off script at a gala honoring Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.