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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King’s Optimism Is Tonic For These Parlous Times

Progressives don’t have the luxury of merely singing the old hymns or citing the old speeches. There are battles to fight to preserve hard-won gains. Martin Luther King was no naive dreamer. But he always believed in an America that was better than the one in which he lived.

January 6, 2017

Arkansas Governor Wants Civil War Icon Separated From MLK Holiday

Gov. Asa Hutchison (R) says of state’s Martin Luther King, Robert E. Lee joint holiday: “They need to be distinguished and separate.”

January 17, 2016
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bigotry And Backlash Find Home In Class Resentments

When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “Mountaintop” sermon in Memphis in 1968, he probably had not dared to dream of the astonishing racial progress that would be made after his death.

January 16, 2016
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Fair Housing Legacy Must Be Protected

Will the Supreme Court upend another key element of Dr. King’s legacy?

January 19, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Bill Of The Century: The Epic Battle For The Civil Rights Act’

Today the Weekend Reader brings you Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act by Clay Risen, editor of The New York Times op-ed section. Bill of the Century details the arduous mission of civil rights leaders to pass a bill that granted equal rights to millions of Americans regardless of race, sex, or religion. […]

April 19, 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King Family Puts Georgia On Notice About Involvement With Statue Plans

By Jim Galloway and Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATLANTA — The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has served notice to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal that it wants input into any monument to the slain civil rights leader erected on state Capitol grounds — if the state expects free use of King’s copyrighted […]

March 7, 2014

A Monument to the ‘Least of These’

This Sunday on the National Mall, the nation dedicates a monument to, arguably, the greatest American of the 20th century. It is, as Lincoln said at another dedication, altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. When heroes die, it is human nature to wrap their lives in metal, marble and granite. We do […]

August 24, 2011