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Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

Socialist Alternative Sydney
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Public meeting:
"Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement"

In April, 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, in Memphis, where he was campaigning in support of a strike by low-paid garbage collectors. King was a giant of the twentieth century, a leader of a mass civil rights movement which defeated Jim Crow segregation, and began to challenge all aspects of US racism and inequality.

Despite the sanitised way in which MLK is usually discussed today, he was becoming increasingly radical in the years leading up to his assassination in 1968 - as the civil rights movement itself radicalised - explicitly opposing both the Vietnam War and capitalism itself.

Come along to this forum to discuss the momentous struggle of the civil rights movement, what we can learn and how this history applies to the ongoing fight against a racist system today.