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Picking up King’s Legacy: Reverend William Barber and the Launching of a New Poor People’s Campaign

By Jeanne Theoharis The air was hot and sticky.  Surrounded by clergy, Rev. William Barber lambasted the voter suppression that had compromised the 2016 presidential election. “Long before Russia hacked our election, our government was hacked by racism.” Since Barack Obama’s election in 2008 and the Supreme Court’s 2013 stripping of the Voting Rights Act, Barber explained, twenty-two states had passed new laws making it harder for people, particularly people of... Read More
at Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Dr. King’s Dream Deferred: Poverty, & Economic Human Rights

by Amy Nathan Wright In May 1967, Dr. King announced to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), “We have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights,” from a “reform movement,” into “an era of revolution.” In his final book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? , King described a multipronged approach to creating change that revolved around opposing the war in Vietnam, organizing workers through unions,... Read More
at Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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What Would King Do? Learning from King’s Approach to Black Power

BY ASHLEY FARMER By 1966, calls for “Black Power” electrified the nation. In the preceding year alone, black Americans had witnessed the assassination of Malcolm X, riots it Watts, the black section of Los Angeles, and the shooting of civil rights activist James Meredith, during his attempt to march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to promote black voter registration. This sustained violence led many black Americans to embrace “Black Power”—or... Read More
at Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Reclaiming King

BY HASAN JEFFRIES Few people are more deserving of the praise they receive than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His commitment to social justice and racial equality was unshakable. His belief in nonviolence was unwavering. His courage in the face of danger was inspiring. And his sacrifice on behalf of others was unconditional. But far too often King is praised for the wrong reasons. In death, he is celebrated for espousing points of view that he never embraced in life. The discrepancy... Read More
at Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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