Martin Luther King Jr. Archives

How to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in the age of Trump

January 23, 2020

By Jonathan Capehart Opinion writer On Sunday, I was invited to give the keynote address at a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark. Judging by the reaction of the congregation, there is righteous anger and pain over what is happening in our country under… [Read More]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream lives in acts of justice big and small

January 23, 2020

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had to have known as he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 57 years ago that the moment would change a nation. After the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King stood before a sea of 250,000 people gathered Aug. 28, 1963, below the… [Read More]

Why Dr. King’s ‘Dream’ is important now more than ever

January 16, 2020

On January 20, 2020 our nation will remember civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day in his honor. It couldn’t come at a better time, as this nation deals with extreme polarization and a resurgence of negativity of all kinds, from racism to political apathy. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., never… [Read More]

‘I Have A Dream’ – address at The March on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963

January 16, 2020

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope… [Read More]

Historical perspectives: Why we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2020

Each year a fundamental question arises. Young people especially want to know, “Why do we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?” The following is a brief analysis which can be duplicated and shared with schools, churches, organizations and the media. Early in our country’s history, almost all black people came here as slaves. Because people… [Read More]

Remembering the 1958 assassination attempt on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

September 26, 2019

“Is this Martin Luther King?” That is the question that Izola Ware Curry asked Martin Luther King, Jr., at a Sept 20, 1958 book signing in Harlem. The 42-yearold Curry had a distinctive Southern accent and was neatly dressed in a suit with matching jewelry and sequined cat’s-eye glasses. King was signing copies of his… [Read More]

“Martin Luther King, Jr.: Voice for Equality!” by James Buckley, Jr. and YouNeek Studios

June 6, 2019

The heroes in comic books arrive in fancy costumes. Their heads are ringed by bubbles that say things like “POW!” and “ZOOM!” and that’s when bad guys fall like dead twigs from a tree. BAM! All the heroes in comic books are super-powerful and mighty but here’s the thing: as you’ll see in the new… [Read More]

Martin Luther King, Jr.: 51 years later, his battles live on

April 4, 2019

By Rachel L. Swarns Martin Luther King Jr. remains frozen in time for many Americans. Seared into our consciousness is the man who battled Southern segregation. We see him standing before hundreds of thousands of followers in the nation’s capital in 1963, proclaiming his dream for racial harmony. We see him marching, arms locked with… [Read More]

MPS students mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 24, 2019

In honor of the messages of peace, hope, and unity left by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students in MPS will spend time this week learning about and acting upon his legacy. Events are planned across the district in honor of King’s birthday. On January 20, hundreds of students and their families attended or took… [Read More]

Why Dr. King’s ‘dream’ is more important now than ever

January 17, 2019

On Monday, January 21, 2019, our nation will remember civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day in his honor. It couldn’t come at a better time, as this nation deals with extreme polarization and a resurgence of negativity of all kinds, from racism to political apathy. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,… [Read More]