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
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. displays the poster to be used during his Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. AP Photo/Horace Cort Joshua F.J. Inwood, Pennsylvania State University On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, while fighting for a 10-cent wage increase for garbage workers. These efforts by King were part… Continue reading MLK’s vision matters today for the 43 million Americans living in poverty
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. AP Photo Paul Harvey, University of Colorado Martin Luther King Jr. has come to be revered as a hero who led a nonviolent struggle to reform and redeem the United States. His birthday is celebrated… Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. had a much more radical message than a dream of racial brotherhood