Blog : Martin Luther King

There’s no doubt that Martin King was a prophet who tapped into—and passed on—great power. It’s up to us to show wisdom in drawing on that power today.

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An independent or freelance activist may share their opinion, and it may be an informed one, but if these words are not spoken in consultation or conversation with people on the ground, they are limited as a representation of a movement’s thinking and work.

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Emerging at the radical interstices of Martin Luther King Jr.’s black Christian faith that demanded justice, and Malcolm X’s resounding call for black power, Cone’s black theology of liberation fearlessly asserted racism as heresy and proclaimed a God of the oppressed who stood against racism in all its forms.

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In 1967, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King spoke with NBC News’ Sander Vanocur about the “new phase” of the struggle for “genuine equality.”

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