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Martin Luther King Jr.


  • Activism February 7, 2002

    Let Justice Roll Down

    From 1961 to 1966, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an annual essay for The Nation on the state of civil rights and race relations in America. In 1965, he wrote about the power of demonstrations and "legislation written in the streets."

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Activism March 14, 1966

    The Last Steep Ascent

    All profound social movements reach a plateau of this sort, short of the summit, and the presence of new opposition should not dismay us. New obstacles should not be deplored but welcomed because their presence proves we are closer to the ultimate decision.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Activism March 9, 1964

    Hammer of Civil Rights

    Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in March of 1964, 'Exactly one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation for them, Negroes wrote their own document of freedom in their own way. In 1963, the civil rights movement coalesced around a technique for social change, nonviolent direct action.'

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Politics March 30, 1963

    From the Archive: A Bold Design for a New South

    From 1961 to 1966, King wrote an annual essay for The Nation. In 1963, he cautioned that the American people had mistaken token victories for real progress on racial justice.

    Martin Luther King Jr.