Episode
April 3, 2018

Has Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy been whitewashed?

Some activists are calling for a more radical retelling of the civil rights leader's story.
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Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., how are social justice activists in the US remembering the iconic African-American civil rights leader?

Critics of King's mainstream portrayal say his "dream" was more than just desegregation and voting rights for black Americans. King was a Baptist minister who supported democratic socialism and spoke out against US imperialism. Near the end of his life, he organised a "Poor People's Campaign" for economic justice, yet alienated some progressive allies by publicly denouncing the Vietnam War.

In the decades since his death, has MLK's history been whitewashed or co-opted? And how does King's legacy influence the work of present-day activists? We’ll speak to those working to #ReclaimMLK history. Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Jenn Jackson @JennMJack
Columnist, Teen Vogue

Russel Rickford @RickfordRussell
Professor of History, Cornell University

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou @RevSekou
Musician, activist, pastor, author
revsekou.com

Drew Dellinger @drewdellinger
Author 
drewdellinger.org

Read more:

Reclaim MLK: Beyond Sanitized Narratives - Truthout
It’s time to reclaim the true Martin Luther King - Washington Post

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