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MLK Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his famed "I Have Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963.

600 Black Legislators Resolved to Push Policies for Economic Justice

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On King Holiday Commemoration: 600 Black Legislators Resolved to Push Policies for Economic Justice. Resolution considered new win for Black Wealth 2020 By Hazel Trice Edney — It was three years ago that a group of national business leaders launched a movement called Black Wealth 2020 partially based on the economic vision articulated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King said in his final speech on April 3, 1968: “It’s…

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Martin Luther King

Poverty Isn’t a Privilege: The White Man Is Your Brother Too

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Keith Magee — Writing to fellow clergy from a Birmingham Jail (The Negro Is Your Brother), Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – gravely concerned about all who were poor and experiencing inequality – said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” The world, especially,…

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Cashing in on King - MLK Day Sales

Cashing in on King

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Get your credit card and check books ready for this year’s King Holiday. By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Here’s what The Gap Clothing retailer blazoned in an ad, “Over 500 styles MLK Event Huge Savings! Up to 50% off on items.” Macy’s quickly joined in and announced its MLK Day sale noting “20 percent off sitewide with free shipping on qualifying orders. Further details are expected to be announced over the weekend.”…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Rereading King in Critical Times: Mapping and Making Our Way Forward

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In these critical times which unavoidably raise the pressing questions of mapping and making our way forward regardless, a thoughtful rereading of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historical speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” offers us an excellent point of departure. Given in 1967 at the height of the Black Power period of the Black Freedom Movement, it reflects the tenor and tension of the…

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The Secret Visit Richard Nixon Paid Coretta Scott King Two Days After Martin Luther King Jr. Was Assassinated

Richard Nixon’s Secret Visit With Coretta Scott King

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Nixon came in part to avoid attending the funeral, but he also brought a check—later lost—for her children’s education, according to a family friend finally telling the story. By Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast — Nixon came in part to avoid attending the funeral, but he also brought a check-later lost-for her children’s education, according to a family friend finally telling the story. A secret kept for a half century…

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Ebenezer Baptis Church

How JFK Saved MLK’s Life And So Won The Presidency

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Greg Palast — It was a Republican, Martin Luther King Sr., who made John Kennedy president of the United States — for JFK’s saving Daddy King’s son, Martin Jr., from lynching. This harrowing and little known drama of terror and courage, confirmed for me by Martin Luther King III, changed American politics — and America — forever. On October 19, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Georgia…

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Atlanta, Georgia

Black mecca or most unequal US city: will the real Atlanta please stand up?

By | Commentaries/Opinions

For more than 40 years, Atlanta has marketed itself as being on the forefront of radical social change – but its reality is much less progressive. By Maurice J Hobson, The Guardian — In the 1960s, it was the “city too busy to hate” and the home of the civil rights movement. In the 1970s, it was “the black mecca of the south” and Hotlanta. In the 1990s, it was Olympic City….

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Dr. Martin Luther King displays the poster to be used during his Poor People's Campaign, March 4, 1968, one month before he was shot to death by a sniper.

King’s Poor People’s Campaign

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“Now, when we come to Washington in this campaign, we are coming to get our check!” – Martin Luther King 1968 By Heather Gray — Source: Justice Initiative. This article first appeared in the SCLC National Magazine “Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make…

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