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CATEGORY: Martin Luther King Jr.
Was 1968 America’s Bloodiest Year in Politics?
April 6, 2018

War. Assassinations. Riots. Violent protest clashes. America was certainly no stranger to political violence, but 1968 appeared to bring the bloodletting to new heights. Read More

Why Martin Luther King’s Family Believes James Earl Ray Was Not His Killer
April 4, 2018

Fifty years after his assassination, Dr. King’s family thinks the convicted gunman was innocent. Read More

Why People Rioted After Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination
April 2, 2018

Riots broke out in over 100 American cities after King’s murder. Read More

Jesse Jackson on M.L.K.: One Bullet Couldn’t Kill the Movement
March 30, 2018

Rev. Jackson, who was part of King’s inner circle in 1968—and witnessed his assassination—weighs in on that shocking moment, its turbulent aftermath and carrying forth the dream. Read More

Mountaintop Moments: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Speech
March 27, 2018

HISTORY and The King Center have come together to present Mountaintop Moments, a series of videos in which today's history makers—actors, activists, musicians and sports stars—discuss their vision for an ideal future. In this essay, Historian Daina Ramey Berry discusses the inspiration behind the project, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final speech. Read More

Why MLK Encouraged 225,000 Chicago Kids to Cut Class in 1963
March 14, 2018

'Freedom Day' didn’t succeed, but it made de facto school segregation the talk of Chicago. Read More

The Revolution That Was 1968
February 23, 2018

As simmering political and cultural resentments exploded in 1968, nearly every week produced news of another earth-shattering event. Read More

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