Martin Luther King Jr.

King’s Teachings on US Imperialism Opened My Eyes to Radical Thought – Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)

January 19, 2014

Young Baltimore activist Dayvon Love tells Paul Jay how MLK’s teaching that American blacks must be anti-imperialist, changed his life.

Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part of Dr. King’s Legacy

January 16, 2014

Glen Ford: The Civil Rights Movement ended official racial discrimination in the U.S., but many of its leaders broke with grassroots organizing and direct action and instead chose to become business leaders or members of the Democratic party.

Obama’s March on Washington Speech Lacked Structural Analysis

August 28, 2013

Anthony Monteiro: Obama administration has nothing to do with MLK’s legacy

Should Obama be Welcomed at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington?

August 26, 2013

Writer and activist Ajamu Baraka explains why President Obama should not be welcomed at the March on Washington Commemoration

Tens of Thousands Mark 50 Year Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 26, 2013

The Real News’ Jaisal Noor speaks to Gary Younge, Cornel West and Amaju Baraka on relevance the 1963 March on Washington and if today’s civil rights leaders are true to the movement’s legacy

Cornel West Says Civil Rights Leaders Have Failed The Movement

August 26, 2013

In an exclusive interview with The Real News, Cornel West argues civil rights leaders have failed to hold president Obama accountable

Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence

April 5, 2013

Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. made the comment that the U.S. government [was/is] “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”. This was in context to a speech delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City – exactly one year before his untimely death.

The Black Elite and the Legacy of Martin Luther King

January 21, 2013

Glen Ford: Black upper class took advantage of legal victories won by MLK and the Civil Rights Movement and then helped to undermine the movement

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King

January 20, 2013

Anthony Monteiro: Obama’s presidency has nothing to do with the legacy of King, it’s actually the opposite

MLK: Why I Am Opposed to The War in Vietnam

January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr gave this sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967

The Revolutionary MLK

January 14, 2011

The Revolutionary MLKJared Ball: In a startling interview, columnist and communications professor Jared Ball discusses how the image of Martin Luther King Jr. is distorted every year to foster compliance with the system King fought against.   Jan. 17 – TRNN “Every year we'll remind people of a version of King that didn't actually exist but that will help people settle into an acceptance of what's still going on,” said Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University, Jared Ball, in an interview with The Real News. “Annually it's distorted, re-imaged, and repackaged into something that the state can continue to use. It's taken away from the King that actually existed and turned into something that will support the policies that he was actually advocating against… We're asked to forget his criticisms of capitalism, of racism and militarism.” In a startling interview with Senior Editor Paul Jay, Ball describes how King’s commemorative day cultivates complacency. “It's also to give the impression that that movement was successful and it could be put into the dustbins of history… Happily we can look back on it and smile and have fond memories of the hard times that we've overcome and so on and so forth, and then, of course, forget that almost everything that Dr. King was trying to get us to get rid of was actually worsening–and to this day is in some aspects still worsening,” Ball told TRNN. “That line that came out, that ‘Rosa sat so King could walk so Obama could run so…

Dr. MLK Jr: Struggling not to lose him

January 19, 2009

From Too often, we are treated to a view of a romanticized and whitewashed Dr. King in order to fit the man and his struggle neatly within the prevailing political and economic power structures in a largely uncritical and non-threatening manner. This portrayal of Dr. King has been mass marketed as an accommodationist figure and is now so pervasive in our schools, media, etc. that it threatens to neutralize and placate the most ambitious, daring and challenging of King’s critique along with his struggle to confront and organize against not only racism, but economic exploitation and militarism-imperialism as well. Due to such, offers "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Struggling Not To Lose Him" as a direct challenge (as he would have it) to the views and practices of those who celebrate a thoroughly pacified legacy of a man. A familiar refrain, as of late, has been Rosa sat, King walked so that he (Obama) could run or some variation thereof. Was that the goal of King’s struggle?