Posts Tagged Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Document of the Day: The FBI tried to blackmail Martin Luther King into killing himself

Though the right and even the mainstream frequently try to co-opt and sugarcoat Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, it is worth remembering just how radical Dr. King was. People familiar with U.S. history may not be surprised that the FBI was obsessed with and spied on King. But even the jaded may be surprised to learn the the FBI actually threatened King and encouraged him to kill himself.

Though the right and even the mainstream frequently try to co-opt and sugarcoat Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, it is worth remembering just how radical Dr. King was. People familiar with ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

On deromanticizing the Civil Rights Movement with Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Lucas Johnson and Krista Tippett.

And really fucked up ways to honor Reverend King.

A language immersion day-care on Pine Ridge Reservation has helped to keep the Lakota language alive.

Elizabeth Hasselbeck asks if the rise of feminism is a threat to national security.

A trans woman in Louisiana helped repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance by daring the asshole-Councilman to own up to his beliefs and stone her.

Framing college as the pathway to economic mobility isn’t an answer (and in fact, is harmful to low-income, minority students.)

On deromanticizing the Civil Rights Movement with Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Lucas Johnson and Krista Tippett.

And really fucked up ways to honor Reverend King.

A language immersion day-care on Pine Ridge Reservation has helped ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open Thread

Today, as we honor King’s incredible life and legacy, it’s a huge cliche to say that his work isn’t done. But reading these 17 less well-known quotes from King and re-watching Jay’s video of 10 more, I was struck again not only by how many of the battles we’ve yet to win but also by how much his words still resonate today.

This is my personal favorite:

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

We will be taking today off for the holiday and will resume regular posting tomorrow. ...

Today, as we honor King’s incredible life and legacy, it’s a huge cliche to say that his work isn’t done. But reading these 17 less well-known quotes from King and re-watching Jay’s video of 10 ...

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating the birth of this incredible movement-builder and reminding ourselves of the continuing struggle to achieve a more just world. He would have been 82 years old this Saturday.

Today, Martin Luther King III, the Reverend’s son and president and CEO of The King Center, will be commemorating today at Ebenezer Baptist Church (where MLK preached from 1960 to his death in 1968), addressing the tragic events in Tuscon, Arizona that left 6 dead and Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition — and the need for his father’s message during this difficult time. I thought this quote of his was fitting:

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political ...

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating the birth of this incredible movement-builder and reminding ourselves of the continuing struggle to achieve a more just world. He would have been 82 years old this ...