April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. While Dr. King is now widely celebrated, who he was and what he stood for, the long and fierce opposition to his work and the movements and struggles he helped take forward have been airbrushed and distorted. Black resistance intensified with King’s murder as city after city rebelled and wave after wave of Black youth organized resistance to racial tyranny, imperial war, and economic peonage. That protracted struggle was part of what W.E.B. DuBois called “the most magnificent drama in the last thousand years of human history.”
Join this discussion on King’s legacy with Mary Francis Berry, Jeanne Theoharis, Thomas Jackson and David Stein.