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What if Martin Luther King Jr. had Lived?

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — There is a huge literary growth industry in counter-factual history. Or, to put it more simply, “what if” history. Now the what if question fifty years after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is: “What if he had lived?” This is not merely an exercise in fun, what if speculation. The question provokes much thought about what America and the world might have…

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King addresses Alabamians in 1965 at the First Baptist Church in Eutaw

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Call For a Poor People’s Campaign

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In early 1968, the activist planned a massive protest in the nation’s capital. In the early months of 1968, King toured the South and beyond to drum up interest in, and raise funds for, the Poor People’s Campaign, which he had initiated and was supposed to lead later that spring. On March 20, he addressed a rally in the small, majority-black town of Eutaw, in western Alabama. He called for…

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Martin Luther King’s Last Speech: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop

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“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” is the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee. On the following day, King was assassinated. The speech primarily concerns the Memphis Sanitation Strike. King calls for unity, economic actions, boycotts, and nonviolent protest, while challenging the United States to live up to its ideals….

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Dr Martin Luther King Jr speaking at a rally in Memphis, the city where he was killed. Memphis will also be the epicenter of events next week.

Martin Luther King: 50th anniversary of death will see events across nation

By News & Current Affairs

Commemorations are planned across the US for Wednesday to honor the civil rights leader on the date of his assassination. Much of the United States will come to a halt next Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination. Memphis, Tennessee, where Dr King was shot dead on 4 April 1968, will be the epicenter as all across the US commemorations are scheduled to honor the…

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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

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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.

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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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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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