Martin Luther King Jr.

At canaan's edge: America in the King years, 1965-68

At Canaan's Edge concludes America in the King Years, a three-volume history that will endure as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy.

Pillar of fire: America in the King years, 1963-65

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch, the second part of his epic trilogy on the American Civil Rights Movement.

Parting the waters: Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement 1954-63 - Taylor Branch

First of a 3-volume social history, Parting the Waters is more than a biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the decade preceding his emergence as a national figure.

The Memphis sanitation strike, 1968

Memphis sanitation strike

A short history of the 1968 strike of 1300 African-American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, during which Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

'The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past' by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

The author dispels the myths of the Civil Rights movement constructed by the mainstream and the New Right instead reconstituting it towards struggles for economic equality and anti-militarism. The author delineates the complex mechanisms and modes of liberation contained within the Civil Rights Movement, turning away from the traditional narratives of 'legislative liberation'. The article contains interesting analysis on the structural racism of the New Deal, how the concepts of space, class and gender affect racism, the difference between Southern and Northern struggles, and the struggle that continued after the traditional 'ending' of the Civil Rights movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr

A short article by Martin Glaberman about MLK's legacy of nonviolent tactics.

Reflection On Doctor King

Lorenzo Komboa Ervin's analysis of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.