Tag: King, Martin Luther Jr

The ‘Lost Cause’ That Built Jim Crow

Joe Biden launched his presidential bid back in April with a bold defense of the principle that “all men are created equal,” a principle he rightly argued that, from Thomas Jefferson on, “we haven’t always lived up to.” But, Mr. Biden added, this is a principle “we have never before walked away from,” and that’s […]

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Kansas City Voters Remove Martin Luther King’s Name From Boulevard

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Voters decided on Tuesday to strip the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a street in Kansas City, Mo., nine months after city leaders dedicated a major thoroughfare to the civil rights leader. The decision caps more than a year and a half of contentious debate over how to […]

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The Luxury of Political Moderation

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written as a response to a group of “white moderate” clergy members who claimed to be supportive of the civil rights movement — but who had also called Dr. King’s activism both “unwise and untimely.” For these moderates, civil rights activists were not […]

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Montgomery, a Cradle of Civil Rights, Elects Its First Black Mayor

[Race affects our lives in countless ways. To read provocative stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] MONTGOMERY, Ala. — At a polling place not far from the intersection of avenues named for Jefferson Davis and Rosa Parks, Laura Minor spent a scorching afternoon on a folding chair […]

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Why India and the World Need Gandhi

NEW DELHI — Upon reaching India in 1959, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remarked, “To other countries I may go as a tourist, but to India I come as a pilgrim.” He added, “Perhaps, above all, India is the land where the techniques of nonviolent social change were developed that my people have […]

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Robert F. Kennedy Assassin Sirhan Sirhan Is Said to Have Been Stabbed

Sirhan B. Sirhan, who is serving a life sentence for the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was in stable condition at a Southern California hospital on Friday night after reports that he had been stabbed in prison by another inmate, the state prison system said. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would […]

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Overlooked No More: Georgia Gilmore, Who Fed and Funded the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Klancy Miller It took all of Georgia Gilmore’s willpower not to explode at the driver of the crowded bus in Montgomery, Ala., one Friday afternoon in October 1955. She had just boarded and dropped her […]

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Is the Religious Right Privileged?

Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph. The paragraph’s author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, weighing in on the complicated, sometimes baffling debate on the right about the relationship between religious conservatives and libertarianism … or maybe the relationship between religious conservatives and Donald Trump … or […]

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Bernie Sanders to Deliver Defense of His Democratic Socialist Philosophy

For five decades, Bernie Sanders has embraced the label of democratic socialism, one that has defined his political ideology and won him millions of loyal supporters even as it has become a cudgel for opponents seeking to portray him as too radical. On Wednesday, two weeks before the first set of primary debates, he will […]

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His Martin Luther King Biography Was a Classic. His Latest King Piece Is Causing a Furor.

When David J. Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sat down last spring to dig through a trove of previously unreleased government records, it was business as usual for a researcher known for prodigious reporting and doorstop books. “There’s this weird ability I have of complete recall with […]

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A Black Feminist’s Response to Attacks on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

As a black feminist and a civil rights historian, I do not need to be persuaded that many black male ministers during the civil rights era were morally duplicitous, felt sexually entitled and slept around. So did many Catholic priests, politicians, Hollywood celebrities and some award-winning male academics. Many historians have already argued that the […]

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