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Martin Luther King Jr.

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When Families Lead Themselves Out of Poverty

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:21:31 -0500

For the poor to find a way forward, they need confidence in their own abilities.

Decades Later, Memphis to Compensate Black Sanitation Strikers of 1968

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:21:08 -0500

The city intends to award tax-free grants of $50,000 each to the 14 surviving strikers, an improvised fix to one of Memphis’s most bitter labor legacies.

A Tour of Ghosts, History and the South’s Civil Rights Past

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:14:55 -0500

History matters in the South. But there was something particularly instructive about seeing the region’s Civil Rights past through the eyes of visiting high school students.

What We Are Teaching Black Children

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:06:14 -0500

When the state kills a loved one, remain calm. You are not safe. Somehow, maintain hope.

Honoring Blues and Roots Musicians in Tintypes

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:00:50 -0500

After decades as an advocate for American roots musicians, Timothy Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, is producing art of his own. His vision has not changed a bit.

The Dumb Politics of Elite Condescension

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:43:46 -0500

Donald Trump feeds off class resentment. Let’s stop making his job easier.

When Martin Luther King Came Out Against Vietnam

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 03:21:15 -0500

Fifty years ago, he delivered the most politically charged speech of his life. He was ahead of his time.

At Ontario Underground Railroad Sites, Farming and Liberty

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:41:41 -0500

Slaves fleeing the American South established new lives in Canada. Three noteworthy museums tell of their struggles and triumphs.

It’s Black History Month. Look in the Mirror.

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 03:21:03 -0500

By surviving, African-Americans became far more American than those who withheld the nation’s founding promise.

After Two Tragedies, a Love to Bring Down Barriers

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:57:28 -0500

Marian Wright and Peter Edelman, one of the first interracial couples to wed in Virginia, married shortly after two 1968 assassinations that affected them personally.