Martin Luther King Jr

The Takeaway

The Fight for The Vote Continues

Monday, January 19, 2015

Some 50 years after President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, the protections guaranteed by the law are facing their biggest threat yet. 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. Reflects on His Son, Atlanta and the Movement for Civil Rights

Monday, January 12, 2015

A father speaks of the son, his city and the movement for freedom.
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The Takeaway

Rosa Parks' Legacy is Trapped in a New York Warehouse

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amid celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, Rosa Parks' belongings are trapped in a Harlem warehouse, and important pieces of her legacy have remained hidden from public view.



WNYC Black History Month 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014

WNYC celebrates Black History Month with special programming throughout February.  We will feature specials every night at 8PM on WNYC FM and AM during the week of February 10th with additional specials on the weekends. The complete list of specials and their air dates are listed below.

The New York Public Radio Archives has pulled together some of the department's leading preservation work concerning African-American history. Listen to previously unreleased interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a rare 1965 interview with Malcolm X, plus much more. Explore the Archives here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NSA Changes; Christie's New Scandals; MLK Event Highlights

Monday, January 20, 2014

Get caught up on the latest in local and national politics. Plus: WNYC heads to the Apollo for its annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hear excerpts from Sunday's panel, "Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK," which reflects on the immediate future of New York City through the lens of Dr. King’s moral compass.


Celebrating "I Have a Dream" in Times Square

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hundreds of people braved the rain in Times Square Thursday to watch on a Jumbotron as President Obama addressed the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, as well as a rebroadcast of the famous speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave that day in 1963.


The Leonard Lopate Show

“King: A Filmed Record”

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Richard Kaplan discusses the “King: A Filmed Record,” which chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, from the start of his non-violent campaign for equal rights to his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Candid footage of Dr. King and newsreel coverage of the protests and counter-protests are accompanied by narrators including Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward. “King: A Filmed Record” is playing at Film Forum at 7:10 pm, on August 28.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fifty Years After the March on Washington; Fifty Years of the Mets

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today, we’ll mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Jonathan Rieder talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” We’ll discuss a documentary about Dr. King’s life and work, from the beginnings of his campaign for civil rights to his assassination in 1968. We’ll look at the role civil rights activist Bayard Rustin played in the movement. He was marginalized for being openly gay. We’ll joined by his partner, Walter Naegle. And we’ll discuss another 50 year anniversary with former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow and the time he’s covered the NY Mets.

The Takeaway

Reflecting on the March on Washington

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week, The Takeaway remembers the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Joyce Ladner was a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the March on Washington. It was the violence of her childhood growing up in Mississippi amidst poverty and deeply rooted racism that inspired her activism.

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Together In Song

I Have a Dream

Sunday, August 25, 2013

We mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s landmark speech on the Washington Mall, and hear his message – and even his words – put to music.


The Takeaway

Revisiting the Civil Rights Movement Ahead of the March on Washington's 50th Anniversary

Friday, August 23, 2013

On the morning of August 28th 1963 the idea of America was tested and in the sounds of feet stepping and buses parking, there was a sign early that day that something would happen. It would not be a normal day, in Washington, in America, in the world. The March on Washington D.C. was a grass roots event, a first of its kind national news event. Today The Takeaway takes a look back on the March on Washington.

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The Takeaway

What Would King Think of Today's Inauguration?

Monday, January 21, 2013

This second inauguration day offers a second moment for President Obama to address the nation without the press of a crises or under the specific obligation of the U.S. Constitution. It's also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We meet Dr. King through the archives of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Eleanor Fisher, who interviewed Dr. King back in 1961.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Martin Luther King Day 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. day, highlights from yesterday's event at the Brooklyn Museum, co-hosted by Farai Chidaya. Featuring:

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The Takeaway

Returning to Dr. King's Message With Community Service

Monday, January 16, 2012

Since 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been celebrated as a federal holiday. Yet, even from the start, the day was met with controversy: senators Jesse Helms and John McCain fought against the creation of the holiday, and more recently, some major figures —such as Cornel West — have started a campaign against what West called the “Santa-Claus-ification” of Dr. King. Harris Wofford also perceives Dr. King's message as becoming warped over the years, and now advocates for Americans to spending the holiday donating their service instead of just taking off of work.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: MLK Traditions

Monday, January 16, 2012

Other than having the day off from work or school, do you celebrate the holiday with friends and family? Call in with your MLK traditions. 

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The Takeaway

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

Monday, January 16, 2012

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people across the country will honor the civil rights leader's memory and legacy in myriad ways. However, this is the first year when crowds seeking to give tribute can gather around the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in the National Mall. The 30-foot tall statue has been controversial because of the labor used to construct it and for its use of a paraphrased quote from Dr. King.

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On The Media

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Public Imagination

Friday, January 13, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermons frequently relied on improvisation - King drew on sources and references that were limited only by his imagination and memory. It’s a gift on full display in King's 'I Have A Dream' speech, but it also conflicts with the intellectual property laws that have been strenuously used by his estate since his death. OTM producer Jamie York speaks with Drew Hansen, Keith Miller, Michael Eric Dyson and Lewis Hyde about King, imagination and the consequences of limiting access to art and ideas.

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WQXR Features

A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In this musical biography, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work.

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