Martin Luther King Jr.

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Leader Took Punch for Justice

Sheriff slugged CT Vivian, an adviser to Martin Luther King, while news cameras rolled

(Newser) - The Rev. CT Vivian, an early adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and equality, died Friday at age 95. Vivian, who died of natural causes at home in Atlanta, began staging sit-ins against segregation in Peoria,... More »

MLK Jr. Was Mourned Here. Rayshard Brooks Will Be, Too

Funeral for black man fatally shot by police officer in Wendy's lot takes place Tuesday in Atlanta

(Newser) - The Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his very first sermon, served as co-pastor, and was later mourned after his 1968 assassination will also host Tuesday's funeral for Rayshard Brooks , the 27-year-old black man fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy's parking lot... More »

Fox News: Sorry About That Stock Report

The graphic aired Friday on 'Special Report with Bret Baier'

(Newser) - Fox News apologized Saturday for how it displayed a chart correlating the stock market's performance with the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd, Martin Luther King Jr., and Michael Brown, the AP reports. The graphic that aired Friday to illustrate market reactions to historic periods of civil unrest... More »

Meteorologist Fired for Racial Slur Sues City, Mayor

Jeremy Kappell claims defamation from the city of Rochester, NY, and Mayor Lovely Warren

(Newser) - He's already sued the TV station that fired him for uttering a racial slur on the air in January; now a meteorologist has filed a lawsuit against the city of Rochester, NY, and its mayor. Per the Democrat and Chronicle , Jeremy Kappell is suing the city and Mayor Lovely... More »

After a Year, KC Voters Rescind MLK Honor

Majority of voters want The Paseo back in Kansas City

(Newser) - Both sides say they're fighting to retain history. Now, the day after a contentious election, the side that fought for the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. has lost that battle. The AP reports Kansas City voted "overwhelmingly"—almost 70% of the vote, per unofficial late-night returns... More »

Meteorologist Fired Over 'Linguistic Error' Sues Station

Jeremy Kappell says he did not intentionally utter a racial slur

(Newser) - A meteorologist fired for appearing to make a racial slur on the air has sued the TV station over his dismissal. In referring to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in January, Jeremy Kappell seemed to say "Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park." Kappell called it an accident,... More »

Amid the Shutdown, MLK National Park Gets 16-Day Reprieve

It's all thanks to Delta's $84K

(Newser) - The Martin Luther King Jr. National Park reopened just in time for the federal holiday, and Americans have Delta, not Congress, to thank. An $83,500 grant from the airline—which has its headquarters in Atlanta, where the park is also located—will be combined with National Park Service recreation... More »

Same MLK-Tied Racial Slur, Different Newscaster

This time a St. Louis newsman is apologizing for on-air misspeak; he won't be fired, station says

(Newser) - Saying Martin Luther King Jr.'s name out loud recently caused some unexpected trouble for a newscaster in upstate New York—and now, with the holiday honoring King nearly upon us, another newsman finds himself in similar hot water. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that KTVI's Kevin Steincross... More »

MLK's Daughter Weighs In on Fired Meteorologist

Bernice King doesn't think Jeremy Kappell should've been fired for on-air racial slur

(Newser) - First Al Roker came to Jeremy Kappell's defense. Now the meteorologist who was fired for saying a racial slur on air has another big name standing up for him, the AP reports: Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter. Bernice King told TMZ Thursday she doesn't think the... More »

TV Station Calls It Racial Slur. He Calls It a 'Flub'

Meteorologist fired over apparent slur in reference to Martin Luther King Jr.

(Newser) - A TV meteorologist has been given the boot over an apparent racial slur used on air. Jeremy Kappell, former chief meteorologist at Rochester, New York's WHEC, can be heard in video posted to social media as seeming to refer to a local park as "Martin Luther Coon King... More »

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 »

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