Category Archives: MLKJr.

The Second Emancipation

March on Washington, DC, 1963. “I want to reacquaint people with King. We tend to misremember him as primarily a civil rights activist when his agenda for change went beyond civil and voting rights to changing the structures of racism, … Continue reading

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‘Ramparts’, the muck-racking San Francisco magazine that helped spawn ‘Rolling Stone’

“The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine has arrived, and not without fanfare. Joe Hagan’s biography of co-founder Jann Wenner appeared in October to stellar reviews, and earlier this month, HBO aired Alex Gibney’s documentary film about the magazine’s history. … Continue reading

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The Anti-Vietnam War Movement In 39 Photos

Prominent civil rights leaders and activists would come out against the war as the decade wore on. In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. told the Harlem Riverside Church congregation. “In 2003, Senator John Kerry offered the following thoughts on the … Continue reading

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The Whitewashing of King’s Assassination

“‘Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them.’ Jesus’s rebuke to the Pharisees descended upon me on a cold January morning in 2017, in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act

“On the winter of 1963, as the Civil Rights Act worked its way through Congress, Justice William Brennan decided to play for time. The Supreme Court had recently heard arguments in the appeal of 12 African American protesters arrested at … Continue reading

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March Against Fear

June 1966: Meredith March Against Fear “The March Against Fear was a major 1966 demonstration in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Activist James Meredith launched the event on June 6, 1966, intending to make a solitary walk from … Continue reading

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A Most Violent Year

“It was neither the best nor the worst of times. But in contrast to the relative placidity of the 1950s, the events of 1968 opened up previously unimaginable vistas to people all across the globe. ‘We knew about the Paris … Continue reading

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