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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. news and analysis from The Nation
June 29, 2017
Colin Kaepernick Shouldn’t Have to Beg to Play in the NFL
By refusing to speak out about his desire to play, he’s defending the principle that he deserves a job on the merits.
May 19, 2017
The Rev. William Barber Is Bringing MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Back to Life
Barber is stepping down from his post at the North Carolina NAACP to lead what he calls a “national moral revival.”
May 9, 2017
We Have Seen Times This Dark Before—Here’s How We Fought Back
1967 offers many lessons for those who want to counter Trumpism.
April 17, 2017
It’s Time to Resurrect the Counterculture Movement
The largest progressive mobilization since the Vietnam era offers a unique opportunity.
April 12, 2017
Building a New Movement Against Militarism
As Martin Luther King Jr. noted 50 years ago, you can’t fight militarism unless you also fight racism and materialism.
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April 4, 2017
Fifty Years Later, King’s Warning Still Resonates
It is time to revive a peace and justice movement calling for the United States to stop its endless wars and turn its resources and attention to rebuilding our own country.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
April 4, 2017
‘A Society Gone Mad on War’: The Enduring Importance of Martin Luther King’s Riverside Speech
Fifty years ago today, the civil-rights leader described the nightmare to come: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
March 17, 2017
The Deeper Lessons of the Incident at Middlebury
The Manichean model of framing political conflicts polarizes public life, unravels the bonds of common citizenship, and doesn’t create a broad majority base for significant change.
Harry C. Boyte
February 16, 2017
49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show—and It Was Amazing
He interviewed RFK and MLK months before their deaths. Fifteen of 25 guests were African American.
February 2, 2017
Barack Obama Radically Expanded Our Appreciation of African-American History
By preserving sites that have been central to the black experience, Obama helped revitalize our civic religion.
Robert Greene II