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WASHINGTON – The nation is again at a crossroads over racial inequity, marking the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” yet torn apart by the Black Lives Matter protests against the police shooting of another Black man, this time in Wisconsin.
Amid widespread protests and unrest over the police killings of Black Americans, a national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.
The body of the late Rep. John Lewis has arrived in Washington to lie in state as lawmakers gather to pay tribute to the long-time Georgia lawmaker and icon of the civil rights movement.
The Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key 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 the age of 95.
Editor’s note: This column is reprinted from The Spokesman-Review, June 5, 1983. It was written in response to a news article by Ken Sands on Black incarceration rates in Washington.
I almost met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our love has become cheap and easy. We are seduced by a discourse of destruction and discontent. Love is not red, white and blue. We have forgotten, or never really learned, what it means to love our enemies.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to rename the East Central Community Center as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center at East Central.
A proposal to rename a community center in the Spokane’s historical epicenter of racial diversity after Martin Luther King, Jr., continues to be divisive, even within the marginalized community representative of those King worked to empower.
Several thousand people took part in a rally and march Monday morning in Spokane to honor King’s legacy and remind the community that the fight for civil rights is far from over.
Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over his contested legacy against the backdrop of a presidential election year.
The two-hour presentation, titled “Lifting as We Climb: A Teach-In on Voter Rights and Suppression,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the third-floor ballroom of Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center. Separately, comedian and social commentator W. Kamau Bell will speak Thursday evening during an event celebrating King at Washington State University’s main campus in Pullman.
For Freda Gandy, this weekend is an opportunity to honor all aspects of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life – his commitment to service, faith and social and racial justice.
Kansas City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King’s name from one of the city’s most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon.
The effort to rename the East Central Community Center after a civil rights icon has met pushback from those who believe the name should continue to reflect the neighborhood it serves.
More than 50 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the question of how to honor him continues to divide Kansas City residents.
In Martin Luther King Jr., we have a model for choosing, and a fierce example of the final refusal to give up.
Last month, with little forewarning, Martin Luther King Jr. Way finally opened for its full stretch, from Division Street to Trent Avenue.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Aveline Jones plodded in her yellow shoes, pink pants and black coat with her hand firmly in her mother’s grasp Monday as they joined about 3,000 other marchers to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Most of the City of Spokane and Spokane County government offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday, with only some public works services and law enforcement offices staying open for the holiday.