Elementary school students celebrated their diverse communities and honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the final rounds of Foley & Lardner LLP’s Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competitions in Dallas and Houston on January 14. The fourth- and fifth-graders, who advanced from preliminary and semifinal rounds, delivered original speeches addressing the topic: “How would Dr. King assess our progress in achieving his vision for America?” Continue reading
SELMA, ALABAMA, UNITED STATES (NBC) – The latest trove of formerly classified documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy included about a dozen secret documents on slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, including an FBI dossier that alleged King may have fathered an illegitimate child and had an affair with folk singer Joan Baez. Continue reading
A demonstration in Washington, D.C., against the newly-inaugurated U.S. president is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of marchers, with thousands more expected at similar demonstrations across the country. Zachary Goelman reports. Continue reading
In his first public comments since getting into a war of words with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, civil rights icon John Lewis honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by telling a crowd of young men at a breakfast in Miami to, “never, ever hate.” Continue reading
Martin Luther King Jr. is honored as a wreath is placed at his Washington, D.C. memorial.
Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Leaders of the march (from left to right) Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice; (seated with glasses) Cleveland Robinson, Chairman of the Demonstration Committee; (standing behind the two chairs) Rabbi Joachim Prinz, President of the American Jewish Congress; (beside Robinson is) A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the demonstration, veteran labor leader who helped to found the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, American Federation of Labor (AFL), and a former vice president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); (wearing a bow tie and standing beside Prinz is) Joseph Rauh, Jr, a Washington, DC attorney and civil rights, peace, and union activist; John Lewis, Chairman, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; and Floyd McKissick, National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality.]
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump attacks civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis on twitter.
Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith vow to boycott the Academy Awards ceremony after black actors are shut out of the nominations. The Academy says it needs to do more to promote diversity.
Crowds in Texas marched in the streets to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
FBI Director James Comey discusses police shootings before laying a wreath at memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr.