Martin Luther King Jr.

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On MLK's Final Night, He Seemed 'Near Panic'

50 years after his assassination, a fresh look at his last hours

(Newser) - On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a balcony outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The 50th anniversary of his death brings with it a wave of headlines and remembrances. Among them: Bells across America will ring 39 times Wednesday night, with each chime signifying a... More »

Ram Trucks Face Backlash Over MLK Super Bowl Ad

Company had the year's most controversial ad

(Newser) - During this year's Super Bowl, advertisers mostly played it safe—apart from Fiat Chrysler, which faced a major backlash after using a Martin Luther King Jr. speech in an ad for Dodge Ram trucks. "Recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's... More »

Cherokee Nation Recognizes MLK Day for the First Time

The tribe is seeking to make amends for its past with slavery

(Newser) - Cherokee Nation leaders are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known as Freedmen. The tribe—one of the country's largest—recognized the King holiday for the first time Monday with participation in a parade... More »

Martin Luther King's Son: Trump's Heart Needs Work

Martin Luther King III spoke in Washington on Monday

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest son is calling out President Trump following accusations the president used a vulgarity to describe African countries during a meeting last week and expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway . Martin Luther King III spoke in Washington on Monday, the Martin... More »

More Workers Getting Martin Luther King Day Off

42% of American workers get a paid day off

(Newser) - More and more employers are giving their workers the day off for Martin Luther King Day, so much so that the holiday in honor of the slain civil rights leader now has more stature than Presidents' Day and Good Friday. Per Bloomberg , 42% of American employers close for the holiday.... More »

JFK Document Dump Includes FBI File on Martin Luther King

They called the civil rights leader a communist and the group he founded a 'tax dodge'

(Newser) - In response to Donald Trump's order to release documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, on Friday the government made public an FBI file on Martin Luther King from March 1968, four-and-a-half years after Kennedy was shot. The document doesn't paint a flattering portrait of the... More »

New JFK Files Contain Explosive MLK Allegations

Files also state Oswald had no CIA connections

(Newser) - The government released 676 documents it said were related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy Friday—including a 20-page FBI file on Martin Luther King, Jr. The file, dated less than a month before the civil rights leader's April, 1968 assassination, claims King had close ties to the... More »

MLK's Daughter: 'I Miss You'

Emotional photo of Bernice King at MLK's memorial goes viral

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 88 on Sunday, and as America celebrates his legacy Monday during the national holiday named for him, a tweet his daughter posted on his birthday is making the rounds, Mashable reports. "Happy birthday dad, I miss you! #MLK," Bernice King tweeted... More »

Biloxi Under Fire After Referring to Monday as Great Americans Day

It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Newser) - The city of Biloxi sparked a debate about the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. after announcing on social media that city offices would be closed Monday for "Great Americans Day," the AP reports. Monday is federally recognized as Martin Luther King Jr.... More »

Controversial NAACP Leader Invited to Speak at MLK Fest

Cary, NC, has asked Rachel Dolezal to participate

(Newser) - Cary, North Carolina, is courting controversy with its speaker choice for the annual MLK Dreamfest Celebration in January, reports the New Observer . The city has invited former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who triggered a national conversation about race and identity last year when it was revealed that she had presented... More »

Robert Kennedy's Eulogy for MLK Resonates This Week

'What we need in the United States is not division'

(Newser) - In the wake of the shooting death of two black men at the hands of police officers and the deaths of five police officers shot by a sniper this week, many people are sharing Robert Kennedy's 1968 speech eulogizing Martin Luther King Jr., Time reports. The speech, considered one... More »

Gospel Singer's Shout From Crowd Inspired MLK's 'Dream' Line

We have Mahalia Jackson to thank

(Newser) - America is marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, and there's no shortage of interesting coverage about MLK and his legacy:
  • The key to MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech? A remark shouted by gospel singer and King friend Mahalia Jackson, explains Vox . "Tell them
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MLK's First 'I Have a Dream' Speech Is Revealed

Long-lost reel-to-reel tape turned up in North Carolina library

(Newser) - Thanks in part to the "mysterious appearance" of a box containing an old reel-to-reel tape and bearing the message "Please do not erase," Martin Luther King Jr.'s original "I Have a Dream" speech has been replayed in public for the first time. It's... More »

Ku Klux Klan Sends Message to Selma

Fliers coincide with 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

(Newser) - Civil rights supporters aren't the only ones making waves in Alabama—the Ku Klux Klan showed up, too, distributing fliers around Selma and Montgomery over the past two weeks, AL.com reports. The Loyal White Knights of the KKK's grand dragon, Robert Jones, says roughly 4,000 fliers... More »

Why MLK's Family Sues People Over 'the Dream'

To protect its copyright, which lasts until 2039

(Newser) - The new film Selma avoided quoting Martin Luther King's civil-rights speeches because his family owns the copyrights and has sued over them—and it's all perfectly legal, Politico reports. The MLK estate has successfully sued USA Today, CBS News, and the Emmy-winning documentary series Eyes on the Prize,... More »

Abdul-Jabbar: Remembering MLK Is Not Enough

The existence of a holiday doesn't mean the battle is over

(Newser) - At a time when racial tensions are in the spotlight in America, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is among those reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Today isn't just a day to remember him, Abdul-Jabbar writes in Time : It's a day to honor him by continuing his work.... More »

MLK 'Expertly' Captured in Timely Selma

David Oyelowo 'mesmerizing' as he portrays King's private side

(Newser) - If critics are to be believed, Selma might be the best movie you see this season. The historical drama following Martin Luther King Jr. as he fights for racial equality in Selma, Alabama, circa 1965 has an impressive 99% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they're... More »

Letter May Be FBI's Attempt to Get MLK to Kill Himself

Yale professor finds uncensored version in Hoover's files

(Newser) - In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received an anonymous letter assailing him as an "evil" fraud and threatening to reveal all kinds of sordid details about his personal life. Unless: "There is only one thing left for you to do," it concludes. "You know what it... More »

Here Are the 10 Most Popular Americans

Johnny Depp manages to make the list

(Newser) - MIT researchers recently released Pantheon , which analyzes data (including Wikipedia page views, among other things) in order to determine the "global popularity of historical characters." From that, the San Francisco Chronicle compiled the study's top 25 Americans. Here are the top 10, though Pantheon warns that data... More »

MLK's Kids Battle Over His Nobel, Bible

Sons want them sold, daughter does not

(Newser) - That Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are fighting over his estate is nothing new . But it's come to this: The civil rights leader's Nobel Peace Prize and Bible will soon be locked in a safety deposit box, with the key being held by Fulton County Superior... More »

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