Category Archives: MLKJr.

Murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner

“The murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, also known as the Freedom Summer murders, the Mississippi civil rights workers’ murders or the Mississippi Burning murders, involved three activists who were abducted and murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi in June 1964 … Continue reading

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Albany Movement

“The Albany Movement was a desegregation and voter’s rights coalition formed in Albany, Georgia, in November 1961. Local black leaders and ministers, as well as members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the National Association for the Advancement … Continue reading

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Letter from Birmingham Jail – Martin Luther King Jr. (April 16, 1963)

“The Letter from Birmingham Jail, also known as the Letter from Birmingham City Jail and The Negro Is Your Brother, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King Jr. The letter defends the strategy of … Continue reading

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The First Contact Sheet of the Counterculture

“It was a typical Village Voice front page from 1967: Over the left two columns, a street portrait of the ‘dean of American pacifists,’ A.J. Muste; over the right two, an action shot of police arresting Charlotte Moorman, the Juilliard-trained … Continue reading

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The turning point: 1968

President Johnson reviews reports from Khe Sanh in the White House situation room “It was February 5, 1968, and Washington Star reporter Jack Horner had an angry President Lyndon Johnson on the phone. Johnson liked Horner and was willing to … Continue reading

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Two Minutes to Midnight: The Very Last Hurrah by Pete Hamill

“LOS ANGELES — It was, of course, two minutes to midnight an the Embassy Room of the Ambassador Hotel was rowdy with triumph. Red and blue balloons drifted up through three golden chandeliers to bump against a gilded ceiling. Young … Continue reading

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50 Years of Affirmative Action: What Went Right, and What It Got Wrong

The commencement for the Class of 1973 at Columbia University. The number of black students admitted to Columbia rose sharply in 1969. About half of those who enrolled graduated four years later. “On cold mornings, Les Goodson shows up early … Continue reading

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