When Martin Luther King Jr checked into Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, one of the few in Memphis to give black Americans a friendly welcome, the eyes of the world were upon him. This was the youngest man ever to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a leader whose oratory on behalf of his people could neither be ignored nor forgotten. That evening Dr King again showed how his words had the power to change a nation. Read more Crowds gather to honour Martin Luther King Jr - live updates “Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness,” he told a huge crowd at the Mason Temple Church. “Let us stand with a greater determination … to make America what it ought to be … to make America a better nation.” The 39-year-old reverend spoke of narrowly surviving an attempt to stab him to death a decade previously, the blade coming so close to his heart that had he sneezed, he would have died. In words that have now acquired a chillingly … [Read more...] about Martin Luther King Jr assassination: Did James Earl Ray really kill the civil rights leader in Memphis?
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In the decades since his assassination on 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr has been sanitised and sanctified; coopted and embraced by the American establishment as a bland, unthreatening saint of racial equality. In truth, he was a radical dissenter who challenged the political, economic and military status quo at least as much as African American militants like Huey Newton of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X of the Nation of Islam. Hence the FBI’s obsessive, relentless attempts to discredit King and those around him, including smears that he was a communist, traitor, adulterer and pervert. Now, many people think of King solely as a black rights champion. But he was much more than that. He opposed the US war in Vietnam, supported striking workers and demanded economic justice for poor Americans, black and white. No wonder Washington insiders saw him as a dangerous radical and a threat to the social order. Read more Black Lives Matter say Kings legacy informs the … [Read more...] about How Martin Luther King’s legacy continues to be relevant for social change
In the 50 years since his death, the descendants of civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr have fought to carry on his legacy – but also fought with each other. Martin Luther King II, Bernice King, and Dexter King have each championed different social causes – and different ideas about what to do with their father’s estate. In some cases, the squabbles have led to legal action. In a recent interview, however, King’s three living children came together for a “mediation” which they said former president Jimmy Carter had suggested to them. They told CBS News they would be stepping back from their father’s business and focusing on other initiatives instead. Meanwhile, Mr King’s granddaughter Yolanda made a splash at a recent gun control rally, leading some to think she may be the next King to pick up the torch of justice. Read on for more about what some of Martin Luther King Jr’s … [Read more...] about How Martin Luther King Jr’s descendants are carrying on his legacy, 50 years after his death
Wednesday 4 April will be the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Here are 10 sites related to Dr King to visit on the US Civil Rights Trail. Dexter Ave Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama It’s an exceptional coincidence that the church where Dr King was pastor is only a few metres from Alabama’s State Capitol where Southern secessionists formed the Confederacy in 1861. Take a tour of the church to see the desk where King worked and the pulpit where he preached. Especially moving is the mural that shows Dr King ascending into heaven clothed as an angel. Free entry; private tours by reservation. An historic marker for the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Getty Images) Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee Read more The US civil rights sites everyone should visit The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated has been annexed to the National Civil Rights Museum in its entirety; his … [Read more...] about Martin Luther King Jr anniversary: 10 of the best sites to visit on US Civil Rights Trail
Just 10 per cent of black Americans think the US has achieved all or most of the civil rights movement’s goals, 50 years after the death of leader Martin Luther King Jr. A new poll, conducted six weeks before the anniversary of King's assassination, found Americans are still divided by race when it comes to the movement the Baptist minister helped lead. Thirty-five per cent of whites surveyed by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs said that all or most of the civil rights movement’s goals have been achieved. Just 8 per cent of blacks agreed. Read more MLK Jr's children condemn Trump over 's***hole comments' In fact, sixty-five per cent of blacks said race relations had deteriorated in the past year alone, compared to 45 per cent of whites. More than half of all whites said a lot of progress has been made on reducing segregation in public life, compared to just under a quarter of blacks. And more than 40 per cent of whites … [Read more...] about Just 1 in 10 black Americans believe civil rights movement’s goals have been achieved in the 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr was killed, says new poll