Martin Luther King

The Takeaway

Retracing The Path from Selma to Montgomery

Monday, March 09, 2015

BBC North America Correspondent Aleem Maqbool retraced the the steps of those activists 50 years ago by walking from from Selma to Montgomery alongside one of the original marchers.


The Takeaway

Infographic: American Attitudes on Civil Rights

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

As part of our series on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the future of the civil rights movement, The Takeaway partnered with YouGov to conduct a survey that highlights American attitudes toward civil rights.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall in Washington, DC to call for increased civil rights for African-Americans. Peniel Joseph, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, reflects upon the March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Video: White House Marks Anniversary of March on Washington, MLK "Dream" Speech

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

President Obama hosted the Let Freedom Ring ceremony today at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Watch the video.

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MLK and The Musical Stuff of Dreams

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Martin Luther King knew something about opera – his widow Coretta Scott King studied opera singing in Boston. He also was a master at the musicality of words and speech, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Taylor Branch on The King Years

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Civil Rights era still reverberates in national politics, and Taylor Branch tells the stories of everyday heroes who achieved miracles and yet poignantly fell short. His book The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement brings to life 18 pivotal dramas, from the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott to Martin Luther King’s assassination.


On The Media

Violent Video Games, Lying Athletes, and More

Friday, January 18, 2013

The history of studies on video games and aggression, a reporter's coverage of every underage gun death in New York City, Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o, and remembering Aaron Swartz.

It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Two Anniversaries, One Vision of Nonviolence

Monday, January 09, 2012

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on Sunday, one year after a shooting spree that claimed six lives and left her gravely wounded.

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'The Mountaintop' Attracts a More Diverse Audience to Broadway

Friday, October 14, 2011

Although the number of African American audience members has increased slightly on Broadway in the past decade, black ticketholders still make up the smallest percentage of the Great White Way's audience. But Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," which opened Thursday night, may change that number this season.

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Plays by African American Women Take the Broadway Stage

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On Thursday night, "The Mountaintop," opens in previews. The Broadway play is the first of three plays penned or adapted by African-American women that are opening on Broadway this fall.

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The Empire

'not made the institutional shift towards equality'

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sharpton on Meet the Press, discusses MLK, and offers a defense of unions.

"It's not about beating up on union workers. Dr. King died in Memphis going down there for the AFSCME union. Now AFSCME's under attack," said Sharpton, referring to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Studio 360

Dorothy Height: A Voice We'll Never Forget

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

When we made a documentary about The Lincoln Memorial for our American Icons series, one person captured two seminal moments in the Memorial's history for us: Dorothy Height.  She was at the Memorial in 1939 when Marian Anderson sang triumphantly after being banned from performing at Constitution Hall.  ...

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