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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Smiley’s Martin Luther King Stage Show Scuttled in Wake of Misconduct Allegations
The production company canceled a 40-city tour scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death.

Ministers Look to Revive Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poverty Campaign
Religious leaders hope protests and civil disobedience can force the issue of poverty back onto the national agenda at a time when attention is focused mainly on the middle class.

Finding Inspiration in the Struggle at Resurrection City
Jill Freedman left behind a career in advertising to live at Resurrection City, an encampment on the National Mall that was part of the Poor Peoples Campaign. Her pictures show a different, human and optimistic side to a historical event that has been labeled a failure by some.

The Summer of Love’s Dispiriting Fall
Even the Beatles began to sense that their utopia was, in fact, nowhere.

Waiting for a Perfect Protest?
Well-intended moderates have used unrealistic standards to judge anti-racism activism. But this is nothing new — just ask Martin Luther King Jr.

Three Cheers for Cultural Appropriation
If we make people stay in the ethnic and racial lane assigned to them by accident of birth, we’ll lose everything that makes this country great.

When Families Lead Themselves Out of Poverty
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
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
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
When the state kills a loved one, remain calm. You are not safe. Somehow, maintain hope.