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