Martin Luther King Jr. courageously spoke out about the Vietnam War. We must do the same when it comes to this grave injustice of our time. On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United… Continue reading Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
And we should also stop trying to decide whether someone “deserves” social support. We have been trying to distinguish between the “deserving” and “undeserving” poor for eight hundred years, and we are no better able to make that judgement now than we were in the fourteenth century, or the sixteenth, or the nineteenth. It is time to… Continue reading A very British disease By Frances Coppola
by Miles Megaciph, Veterans For Peace On this weekend, fifty years ago, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was prepared for his last days. At 39 years of age, possessing a deep wealth of wisdom; he seemed to sense the enemy was about to take his life. On the eve of his assassination, while delivering his iconic… Continue reading A Breeze of Change is Coming, 50 Years Later
Many Americans tend to think of Martin Luther King Jr. solely as a leader of African Americans — or, even more narrowly, of southern blacks. We overlook his worldwide reach and his global vision. Half a century after King’s death, that vision remains both strikingly relevant and sadly unrealized. Just as King hoped white Americans… Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision Was More Global Than We Remember.
by Gary Younge, the Guardian. On 15 January 1998, what would have been Martin Luther King’s 69th birthday, James Farmer was awarded the presidential medal of freedom in the White House’s East Room. “He has never sought the limelight,” said the then president, Bill Clinton. “And until today, I frankly think he’s never got the… Continue reading Martin Luther King: how a rebel leader was lost to history
by Errin Haines Whack, The Associated Press. Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the civil rights leader’s family and admirers will mark the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection on Wednesday. The commemorations stretch from his hometown of Atlanta to Memphis, where he died, and points… Continue reading Martin Luther King anniversary sparks thousands to take place in marches, speeches
by Benjamin Houston, History Extra. This month, a range of tributes, commemorations, and soul-searching will rightfully mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s murder. Gunned down outside his hotel room in Memphis, where he was in town to support a refuse workers’ strike, it was his last effort to broaden his work beyond race… Continue reading Mourning Martin Luther King: the life and legacy of the civil rights leader