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Martin Luther King Assassination

Martin Luther King, Economic Radical

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

On February 12, 1968, Martin Luther King and his staff completed the master plan for what they dubbed the "Poor People's Campaign."

Where Would MLK Have Stood on Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

Watching Baltimore Burn

Don Mankin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Fifty
Don Mankin

The drama started in the middle of my job interview in Washington DC, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King. I don't remember the substance of the interview, but I do remember someone bursting into the room, highly agitated, to us that mobs were on the streets.

A Little Nostalgia and a Bit of Perspective

Susan R. Meyer | Posted 09.07.2014 | Fifty
Susan R. Meyer

I wonder if, the older I get, life will seem simple again. In my 20s, I maintained a limited view of the world, not seeing more than I could handle perhaps. Will that be my final decades as well?

Why Martin Luther King Had to Die

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

King was uniquely positioned to lead so bold a challenge to the forces of America's economic and political status quo. Yet he knew the Poor People's Campaign would attract to him enemies more powerful than he'd faced before.

Why He Was In Memphis

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 46 years ago -- on April 4, 1968 -- in Memphis, Tennessee. But fewer know why he was there.

Understanding Martin Luther King Jr. and His Shrouded Legacy

Stephen Bowman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Stephen Bowman

For most Americans today Martin Luther King Jr. personifies the historic achievement celebrated during Black History Month. But to understand King, one must look closely both at him and ourselves.

Next Week On 'Mad Men'

Posted 04.23.2013 | TV

"Mad Men" has already covered the Kennedy assassination, the death of Marilyn Monroe, the Cuban Missile Crisis and many more historical events in a li...

Martin: In Memory and In Life

Mumia Abu-Jamal | Posted 06.08.2013 | Black Voices
Mumia Abu-Jamal

We know that the true Martin Luther King does not dwell in statues, in ghetto streets bearing his name, or in schools where children are violated daily in buildings erected in his name. His true spirit dwells with the least of these,

45th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassination

Sen. Bert Johnson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Detroit
Sen. Bert Johnson

Dr. King also said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

Martin Luther King's Dream Will Not Die

Grant Woods | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Grant Woods

On April 3, 1968, Mike Cody was sitting in his Memphis law office when he got the call that Dr. Martin Luther King needed help. That phone call and the events that followed rocked the young lawyer and laid the foundation of values upon which he built his career.

MLK's Memory Honored With Major Campaign

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices

By David Beasley ATLANTA, April 4 (Reuters) - The 45th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Memphis Is Our Calvary

Mark Thompson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Mark Thompson

As we observe Easter, and the crucifixion of three -- the two unknown men on Calvary and the one well-known man, Jesus himself -- we should also reflect and return to a more recent Calvary, where 45 years ago three crucifixions also occurred.

A Cuban-American's Appeal: Keep Martin Luther King's Dream Alive

Jose Suarez | Posted 06.04.2012 | Miami
Jose Suarez

This tax day, join us in honoring Dr. King in deed, rather than name, and stand up for our city where people live in "inordinate wealth" while most of us struggle.

Today In History: 06/08

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.08.2011 | Home

There's no denying it: the digital age is unforgivingly fast-paced. But how can we move forward if we never take a moment to reflect on where we've...

NCADP Stands With Public Employees' Right to Collective Bargaining

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. He was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. They were ...

Reflecting on MLK Jr.'s Assassination and Current Events: Have We Learned Anything?

Ed Schultz | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Ed Schultz

43 years ago, King gave his life fighting for the rights of 1,300 striking sanitation workers. It's a tragedy that 43 years later, our workers are still fighting for basic rights.

How Dr. King's Assassination and the Struggle for Collective Bargaining Changed My Life

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Tomorrow we observe the 43rd anniversary of Dr. King's assassination. Then -- as now -- collective bargaining was about freedom. He would be so proud of those who have carried on his struggle.

Dr. King and the Living Wage Movement Today

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

King went to Memphis, the city of his assassination, to preach that no job holder should live in poverty. Before the bullet struck him, he had joined striking sanitation workers to march for living wage jobs and a union contract.

Hate Speech in Arizona

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Extreme statements are as protected under the First Amendment as any speech. And vitriolic rhetoric in American politics can be traced back to the earliest days of the republic. But that doesn't mean there are no consequences.

Mayor Daley Called LBJ After King Assassination: 'We're In Trouble'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Never-before-heard recordings of Daley, father of Chicago's current mayor, and Johnson discussing sending troops to the city were released Tuesday by ...

Stephen Colbert Author Interview: Hampton Sides On The Hunt For Martin Luther King's Killer (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Hampton Sides, the author of the new book "Hellhound on His Trail," spoke to Stephen Colbert last night about the hunt for James Earl Ray, the man who...

A Conversation with Cornel West: Obama's First Year and the Marginalization of the Black Political Agenda

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Last week, I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Cornel West, a professor of Religion and African American studies at Princeton, about Obama's presidency and the marginalization of the Black political agenda.

Is This the End of Democracy?

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

Is there still time to recover and restore American Democracy to its bare essentials -- a government "of the people, by the people and for the people"? I don't know. Today we are on the brink.

Q&A With The Late Coretta Scott King

Janet Kinosian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Kinosian

The family of Martin Luther King has survived a great deal since the following 2004 interview took place in Atlanta. Coretta King had moved from her l...