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Jesse Jackson's Successor Exits Civil Rights Organization

He'd taken over leadership of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, founded by Jackson in 1971

(Newser) - The successor to the Rev. Jesse Jackson at the civil rights leader's Rainbow PUSH Coalition is stepping down from the organization after less than three months. The Rev. Frederick Haynes III, a Dallas pastor, tells the AP he submitted his resignation Tuesday. "I remain committed to honoring the...

MLK's Youngest Son Is Dead at 62
MLK's Youngest
Son Is Dead at 62

MLK's Youngest Son Is Dead at 62

Dexter Scott King had prostate cancer

(Newser) - Dexter Scott King, the youngest son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, has died after battling prostate cancer, per the AP . The King Center in Atlanta, which Dexter King served as chairman, said the 62-year-old son of the civil rights icon died at his home in Malibu,...

King Day Events Address Rights, 'Our Humanity' at Risk
Politics Touch King Day Events

Politics Touch King Day Events

'Our humanity is literally under attack,' civil rights leader's daughter says

(Newser) - Communities across the nation celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday with acts of service, prayer services, and parades. But with the November presidential election as a backdrop, some events took on a political turn. In King's hometown of Atlanta, several speakers at the 56th annual commemorative...

RFK Jr.: Dad, JFK Had to Allow Wiretapping of MLK

Presidential candidate says 'politically' they had to do it

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was defending his father and uncle's approval of the wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr. on the eve of the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. In an interview with Politico while he was campaigning in Atlanta on Sunday, RFK Jr. explained that in his...

Emmys Pick 10 Biggest Moments in TV History

From Beatles and MLK Jr., all the way through 9/11 coverage, these moments made an impression

(Newser) - The Emmys take place Monday, and it's the awards ceremony's 75th anniversary of celebrating the best on the boob tube. To honor that milestone, the Television Academy assembled members and academics who sifted through more than seven decades of TV gold, including news reports, sitcoms, dramas, variety shows,...

Tourists Save 'Important Part of American History' From Arson

Individuals intervened after seeing woman pouring gas on Atlanta home where MLK Jr. was born: cops

(Newser) - An attempt to burn down the home in which Martin Luther King Jr. was born was thwarted Thursday thanks in part to a couple of tourists, according to Atlanta Police. Two visitors from Utah initially spotted a woman pouring gasoline on the building, which was closed last month for extensive...

New Generation Commits to King's Dream
New Generation
Commits to King's Dream

New Generation Commits to King's Dream

Thousands mark 60th anniversary of March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

(Newser) - Thousands of people on Saturday retraced the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, declaring his dream unrealized 60 years later and calling out new threats it faces. Speakers detailed the national changes since as many as 250,000 gathered at the Lincoln...

It Was a Famed MLK Interview. It Might Not Be Accurate

Author Jonathan Eig suggests MLK's comments on Malcolm X are different than what ran

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. may have not said the harsh words about Malcolm X that are famously attributed to him—or, at least, not about Malcolm X directly. That's author Jonathan Eig's takeaway after reading what appears to be an unedited transcript of the full interview between King...

CEO Sorry for 'All Time Classic Bad' Layoff Memo

Quoting MLK was 'inappropriate,' admits PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada

(Newser) - PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada announced she was laying off 7% of the company's workforce seven paragraphs into a 1,700-word email to employees that referred to the firings as "refinements," included news of executive promotions, and concluded with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. "I...

MLK's 'I Have a Dream' Line May Not Have Been Planned
5 Lesser-Known
Facts About MLK

5 Lesser-Known Facts About MLK

He was at first named Michael, and his 'dream' line may have been improvised in his famous speech

(Newser) - It's come to be known as his "I Have a Dream Speech," but Martin Luther King Jr. apparently didn't originally intend to mention the word "dream" at all on the National Mall that day in 1963. As the nation observes the MLK holiday Monday, a...

At King's Church, Biden Preaches His Message

The fight for the nation's soul is constant, president tells congregation

(Newser) - On what would have been the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 94th birthday, President Biden took to the pulpit at the civil rights leader's church and said the country is at an "inflection point." The dream King spoke about at the National Mall 60 years...

MLK, Wife Paid Hospital Bill for Birth of Julia Roberts

They helped her family 'out of a jam,' Roberts says

(Newser) - Julia Roberts recently shared a little-known tidbit of family history—when she was born in Smyrna, Georgia, 55 years ago, the hospital bill was paid by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King. In a HISTORYTalks interview last month that went viral after it was...

King's Son Calls for New Voting Laws

Holiday speeches include demands for legislation to counter voting curbs

(Newser) - A day before the US Senate was expected to take up significant legislation on voting rights that is looking likely to fail, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s eldest son condemned federal lawmakers over their inaction. Speaking in Washington, DC, on Monday, Martin Luther King III said that...

This State Has Made the Most Racial Progress

Arizona takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - Monday is the day we honor the late civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., in a country still contending with racial discrimination and a deep divide regarding our nation's history on racism. WalletHub examines all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see which states are the most...

King Family: MLK Day Will Be a Day for Action, Not Celebration

They want Biden to push as hard for voting rights as he did for infrastructure

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day next month shouldn't be a day of celebration unless lawmakers act on federal voting rights bills, the civil rights leader's family says. Martin Luther King III, his wife Arndrea Waters King, and their daughter Yolanda Renee King intend to mobilize activists over MLK...

Voting Rights Rallies Draw Thousands

Speakers put pressure on Biden as well as Congress for protections

(Newser) - Thousands of people rallied across the US on Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws to wipe out election legislation advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists view the fight over voting rules as the civil rights issue of the era....

Images From Friday's March on Washington

Gathering in DC commemorates MLK speech

(Newser) - Capping a week of protests and outrage over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, civil rights advocates gathered in DC Friday at a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Thousands gathered near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the AP reports, where...

Adviser to MLK Helped Make Civil Rights Movement Heard
Leader Took Punch for Justice

Leader Took Punch for Justice

Sheriff slugged CT Vivian, an adviser to Martin Luther King, while news cameras rolled

(Newser) - The Rev. CT Vivian, an early adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and equality, died Friday at age 95. Vivian, who died of natural causes at home in Atlanta, began staging sit-ins against segregation in Peoria,...

MLK Jr. Was Mourned Here. Rayshard Brooks Will Be, Too

Funeral for black man fatally shot by police officer in Wendy's lot takes place Tuesday in Atlanta

(Newser) - The Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his very first sermon, served as co-pastor, and was later mourned after his 1968 assassination will also host Tuesday's funeral for Rayshard Brooks , the 27-year-old black man fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy's parking lot...

Fox News: Sorry About That Stock Report

The graphic aired Friday on 'Special Report with Bret Baier'

(Newser) - Fox News apologized Saturday for how it displayed a chart correlating the stock market's performance with the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd, Martin Luther King Jr., and Michael Brown, the AP reports. The graphic that aired Friday to illustrate market reactions to historic periods of civil unrest...

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