Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

What Dignity Demands

A new book persuasively places Malcolm X and Martin Luther King at the center of each other’s most dramatic transformations.
A car window with a sign in it that reads "let freedom ring" with an illustration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Challenge to Liberal Allies — and Why It Resonates Today

King understood the perils of submerged racism.

No Justice, No Peace

To understand the slogan's meaning, consider the words of Martin Luther King, who saw the riots of the 1960s as not revolutionary enough.

A Revolution of Values

Martin Luther King Jr. proposed a fix for America’s poisoned soul: ending the Vietnam War.

Martin Luther King and the 'Polite’ Racism of White Liberals

Many of King’s words about allies ring true today.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Information the FBI Once Hoped Could Destroy Martin Luther King Jr. Has Been Declassified

Revealing these materials could be considered “Hoover’s revenge.”

When King was Dangerous

He's remembered as a person of conscience who carefully broke unjust laws. But his challenges to state authority place him in a much different tradition: radical labor activism.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Meaning of Emancipation

He was a revolutionary, if one committed to nonviolence. But nonviolence does not exhaust his philosophy.
Martin Luther King Junior in a picket line wearing a sign that reads "employees on strike for a living wage."

Martin Luther King Jr., Union Man

Most people think of Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights leader. What many don’t know is that he also championed labor unionism.
Martin Luther King Jr. speaking into news microphones.

MLK Warned Us of the Well-Intentioned Liberal

Dr. King did not compromise on racial justice. Neither should we.

MLK: What We Lost

50 years after King's death, his image has been transformed and stripped of its radicalism.

Martin Luther King: How a Rebel Leader Was Lost to History

Fifty years after his death, King is a national treasure in the US. But what happened to his revolutionary legacy?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was More Radical Than You Think

On the 50th anniversary of his death, it’s time to remember who he really was.

Martin Luther King Jr.: 50 Years Later

Activists today are taking up Dr. King’s mantle and reviving the Poor People’s Campaign.

One Night on the Mountaintop

Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis 50 years ago to help 1,300 black sanitation workers on strike. Ozell Ueal was one of them.
Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux.

New Documents Reveal How the FBI Deployed a Televangelist to Discredit Martin Luther King

Elder Michaux, a popular black evangelist, aided the bureau's campaign to destroy King's reputation.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Martin Luther King Jr. Had a Much More Radical Message than a Dream of Racial Brotherhood

King Jr., remembered today for his non-violent resistance, was a radical reformer who called for fundamental redistribution of economic power and resources.
The mugshot of James Earl Ray next to a picture of Martin Luther King Jr.

Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.? His Family Believes James Earl Ray Was Framed.

Coretta Scott King described “a major, high-level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband.” The King children remain certain of that, too.

The Whitewashing of King's Assassination

The death of Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t a galvanizing event, but the premature end of a movement that had only just begun.

Restoring King

There is no figure in recent American history whose memory is more distorted than Martin Luther King Jr.