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Dr. King’s Crusade, Economic Justice and Media Consolidation

Bob Hennelly Salon
King’s critique of power was never purely about race: The collapse of independent media is partly what got us here. It was the independent and radical left media that forced mainstream media to cover the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, poverty and the fight against it. Over the last 15 years, more than half the jobs in the news industry had disappeared, media consolidation will quicken this trend.

How Stevie Wonder Helped Create Martin Luther King Day

Marcus Baram The Medium
To overcome the resistance of conservative politicians, including President Reagan and many of his fellow citizens, Wonder put his career on hold, led rallies from coast to coast and galvanized millions of Americans with his passion and integrity. But it took 15 years.

Martin Luther King’s “Call to Conscience” “Beyond Vietnam”

Heather Gray Justice Initiative
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech against the Vietnam War on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York one of the most profound and important speeches in American history. Without question, King’s speech in April helped to energize the anti-war movement and, through his profound moral analysis, in defining the degenerate role of the US in that war. It also helped to topple a sitting U.S. president - a profound lesson for us today.

America Will Be - Uniting a Movement

On the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign, new opportunites to go on the offensive and to unite the poor against the root causes of racism, war, poverty, and climate crisis.


MLK's Advice on Strike Strategy Still Relevant Today

Rand Wilson Stansbury Forum
King’s strategic advice to the striking Memphis sanitation workers is still useful: winning requires placing the struggle in a larger context that challenges elected officials and government at every level to make America a better nation!

50 years Since Marquette Park - A Broader View

Marilyn Katz Chicago Sun-Times
Without a grasp of history, it is hard to know the power and lessons of the past. Without knowledge of the long arc of change, it is hard to know where to go or how to get there.

Bernie Sanders: How I See Democratic Socialism

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visits Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. to share his vision for a United States more equal, more just and more prosperous through democratic socialism.

Bernie Defines Socialism

Harold Meyerson The American Prospect
Evoking Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr., the Vermont senator bridged the aspirations of New Deal liberalism with the democratic socialist tradition.
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