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How much has really improved for black people in the U.S. since 1968

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

By Commentaries/Opinions

How much has really improved for black people in the U.S. since 1968? By Sharon Austin — On Apr. 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers. That was almost 50 years ago. Back then, the wholesale racial integration required by the 1964 Civil Rights Act was just beginning to chip away at discrimination in education, jobs and public facilities. Black voters had only obtained legal protections two years earlier, and the 1968 Fair Housing Act was about to become law. African-Americans were only beginning to move into neighborhoods, colleges and careers once reserved for whites only.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Lincoln Memorial

Here Are 9 MLK Quotes You Won’t Hear Mainstream Media Cite Today

By News & Current Affairs

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet — The Martin Luther King Jr. who is cynically trotted out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities is the MLK who can be conveniently used to prop up the status quo. He is MLK reduced to “I Have A Dream,” used in conservative political ads to scare-monger about invading, job-stealing Mexican immigrants. He is the almost wholly fabricated MLK whom the modern GOP claims…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Quote — "The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that inspires men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life."

The Uncompromising Anti-Capitalism of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. — I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic… [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive… but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has out-lived its usefulness. – Letter to Coretta Scott, July 18, 1952 One day we must ask the…

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Inspired by King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Black Caucus Chairman Writes Open Letter to NFL about Patriotism, Police Brutality

Inspired by King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Black Caucus Chairman Writes Open Letter to NFL about Patriotism, Police Brutality

By News & Current Affairs

“For African Americans, it is not about standing, sitting, or kneeling for the National Anthem? it is about unarmed African Americans lying in a grave who were shot and killed by police officers.” Dear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Other NFL Leaders, In his April 16, 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” which is, in my opinion, his greatest writing, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed white clergy members and other white…

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Why MLK's Final Fight Inspires Our Labor Day Tradition

Why MLK’s Final Fight Inspires Our Labor Day Tradition

By Editors' Choice

The best way to honor his memory this Labor Day and every day is to continue the struggle for human dignity. By Peter Dreier, AlterNet — Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white…

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