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CATEGORY: Martin Luther King Jr.
See a Gorgeously Updated Image of Martin Luther King, Jr. With His Family
January 12, 2018

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For Martin Luther King Jr., Nonviolent Protest Never Meant ‘Wait and See’
January 12, 2018

In later speeches, his language became more assertive, as he urged those with privilege to reject the comfort of the status quo—and jump into the fray. Read More

Special Facebook Live from the King Center for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 11, 2018

Watch it live on Monday, Jan. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. Read More

The Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 10, 2018

It took 15 years of fighting for MLK Day to be declared a national holiday—but some states pair it with a holiday celebrating Confederate leader Robert E. Lee. Read More

Same Date, 8 Years Apart: From Emmett Till’s Murder to ‘I Have a Dream’, in Photos
August 28, 2017

Eight years to the day of Till’s death, some 250,000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for the iconic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Read More

Alternate Take: What If Martin Luther King Hadn’t Been Killed?
January 13, 2017

Consider how history might have been different had Martin Luther King Jr. not been assassinated at the age of 39. Read More

King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, 50 Years Later
April 16, 2013

On its 50th anniversary, take a look back at a seminal text of the Civil Rights Movement. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 2013

Explore 10 surprising facts about the civil rights leader. Read More