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MLK Day

We've pulled together some of Colorlines.com's best essays on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy--and its relevance today.

My Debt to Dr. King

My Debt to Dr. King

by Scot Nakagawa on January 20 2014, 7:00AM

An Asian-American writer reflects the lasting legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Topics: History, MLK Day, Politics

How to Be a Racial Justice Hero, on MLK Day and All Year Long Infographic

How to Be a Racial Justice Hero, on MLK Day and All Year Long

by Hatty Lee, Terry Keleher on January 16 2012, 10:26AM

Martin Luther King, Jr., isn’t the only racial justice hero—you can be one too. Simply drill down on your daily routine, ask some basic questions about equity in the institutions you engage and deploy your own hero powers to fight for it.

Topics: MLK Day, Politics

We Twisted King's Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

We Twisted King’s Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

by Tim Wise on January 17 2011, 8:00AM

Today’s remembrances abstract non-violence from justice, colorblindness from racial equity and public service from radical social transformation.

Topics: History, MLK Day

Remembering MLK: The Things We've Forgotten Would Guide Us

Remembering MLK: The Things We’ve Forgotten Would Guide Us

by Barbara Ransby on January 14 2011, 9:51AM

Civil rights historian Barbara Ransby says we are all King’s political heirs.

Topics: History, MLK Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Call for Peace as Racial Justice Still Rings

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Call for Peace as Racial Justice Still Rings

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2011, 9:47AM

Global Justice columnist Michelle Chen explores the legacy of King’s antiwar activism.

Topics: Global Justice, MLK Day