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Mourning Martin Luther King: the life and legacy of the civil rights leader

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

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MLK’s vision matters today for the 43 million Americans living in poverty

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

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Martin Luther King Jr. had a much more radical message than a dream of racial brotherhood

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

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Black Americans mostly left behind by progress since Dr. King’s death

by Sharon Austin, the Conversation What would MLK do? I don’t have to wonder what Dr. King would recommend. He believed in institutional racism. In 1968, King and the Southern Christian Leadership Council sought to tackle inequality with the Economic Bill of Rights. This was not a legislative proposal, per se, but a moral vision of a just… Continue reading Black Americans mostly left behind by progress since Dr. King’s death

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Making tax work for girls’ education

From ActionAid: How and why governments can reduce tax incentives to invest more in girls’ education We are launching these documents at the Global Partnership for Education replenishment meeting in Senegal in February 2018. The Global Partnership for Education has set an important example in requiring developing countries to maintain or increase the share of… Continue reading Making tax work for girls’ education