Martin Luther King

American civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) delivers his "I have a dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, Aug. 28, 1963. (Photo by Washington Bureau/Getty Images)

How the distortion of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words enables more, not less, racial division

BY: - January 17, 2023

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas is just the latest conservative lawmaker to misuse the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to judge a person on character and not race. In the protracted battle to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, Roy, a Republican, nominated a Black man, Byron Donalds, […]

Spectators wave at parade participants during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Little Rock Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2023. (Photo by John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate/01/16/2023)

In more ways than one, Dr. King taught us to speak up for the oppressed

BY: - January 16, 2023

The speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be cited throughout this day meant to honor his memory and legacy – and for good reason. As one of the world’s most influential orators of the 20th century, he brought truth to power with his words, time and again. Equally deserving of praise is King’s […]

Journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson (left) is one of three National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award honorees this month. Here she receives the 2015 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at the White House in September 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Authors Taylor Branch, Isabel Wilkerson, and FedEx founder Fred Smith honored with Freedom Award

BY: - October 10, 2022

Authors Taylor Branch and Isabel Wilkerson and FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith are this year’s Freedom Award honorees from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, museum officials announced Monday. The Freedom Award gala and presentation will be held Oct. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. Branch is best known for his trilogy on […]