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The children of the late Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. have been in a public dispute over their father’s legacy and belongings. There have been many who have worked both behind-the-scenes and in public to call for a resolution to this fight. However, these efforts failed, as the fight even entered the court system. At issue…

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It was 47 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by an assassin’s bullet. Dr. King was in Memphis, Tennessee to fight on behalf of city sanitation workers as part of his “Poor Peoples Campaign.” The purpose of the campaign overall was to continue the struggle for better housing, wages, workplace…

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Many people do not realize that Dr. Martin L. King Jr. faced an assassin 10 years before he was gunned down by James Earl Ray. Izola Curry was a mentally ill Black woman who believed that her thoughts were being controlled by King and the NAACP. On Sept. 20, 1958, while King was at a book signing in Harlem,…

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The Edmund Pettus Bridge revealed the nature of racism in its most gruesome form. Fifty years after ”Blood Sunday,” more than 80,000 people converged on Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the anniversary of the shocking attack on peaceful marchers that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But the mood in Selma on March 7…

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The King Center CEO, Bernice A. King, issued the following statement in response to the withdrawal of the lawsuit brought by the King Estate: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. (“The King Center”) is pleased that the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. (the “Estate”) has dismissed the complaint…

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There are few things that Black Americans as a collective hold dear in our hearts. One of these is the legacy of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. It is rare that tangible evidence of his existence is still preserved and has significant emotional and historic impact for not only the King family but the entire…

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He’s come a long way from Common Sense. Chicago native son Common has released 10 studio albums, won a Grammy, and he’s got a starring role in Selma, the film about Martin Luther King Jr., and the historic 1965 voting rights marches. Selma has become one of the most acclaimed films of the year, a…

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(Photo Credit:  Atsushi Nishijima – © 2014 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.) As the accolades continue to roll in for Ava DuVernay’s Selma, some historians are taking exception to the buzzworthy film’s depiction of President Lyndon B. Johnson. In a recent New York Times article, author Diane McWhorter (Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle…

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  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the greatest Americans and human beings that ever lived. His philosophy and teachings will continue to influence the world for generations. However, the government files related to his actions in the civil rights movement and his assassination are sealed by court order until the year 2027.…

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Actor Harry Belafonte is being honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his humanitarian work. The honorary award will be received by Belafonte at the academy’s Governors Awards on November 8. Though known as the “king of calypso” and having shared the screen with the likes of the gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge, Belafonte…

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