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Martin Luther King Jr

Had it not been for the visionary and tireless advocacy of Coretta Scott King, we would not have Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She fought for justice her entire life and had the vision to bring us this day. […] Read More

Not only was Martin Luther King Jr. an effective preacher, but also a poet whose words shattered the settled reality of cruelty and hate and helped us see the hope of a new possibility through his vision of the beloved community. […] Read More

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is remembered for its high-note ending, but a closer look reveals most of the speech was more about the nightmare of injustice. […] Read More

Reading the final works of Martin Luther King Jr. through the lens of contemporary efforts to function as a more just society produces a kind of déjà vu. It’s a vivid reminder of how far we have come – and how far we haven’t. […] Read More

On April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Sen. Robert F. Kennedy spoke at the City Club of Cleveland. Kennedy’s speech on the “mindless menace of violence” continues to resonate. Less than 24 hours earlier, Kennedy was campaigning in Indianapolis for the Democratic nomination for president. There, at an […] Read More

Are the differences between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as big as some make out? Personally, I don’t think so. About three years before his death, King underwent a conversion. Agreed, it did not parallel Malcolm’s Mecca conversion, but it was significant enough to lead to a dramatic change in King’s thinking and […] Read More

The Power of Love

A worldwide audience listened last weekend to a sermon about the power of love at the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle. Delivered by Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the sermon has received a global reception as a message the world needed to hear. Building upon a quote from Martin Luther King […] Read More

Today is the launch of the new Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) activities. The original PPC was inaugurated by Martin Luther King Jr. Mainly because of his tragic assassination 601 months ago, it didn’t accomplish what he had hoped for. The primary leader of the new PPC is William Barber II. The original PPC was created […] Read More

Headlines and social media feeds were filled earlier this month with articles about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968. King wrote his powerful “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” five years earlier on April 16, 1963. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was a regional expansion of the local work, […] Read More

How did the death of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, birth a black church-led movement for environmental justice? Well, the story begins in Memphis, the city of King’s murder, where decades prior African-Americans left the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to do the hazardous work of waste collection in the city. […] Read More