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The Civil Rights Movement: 50 Years Later

On Martin Luther King Day, we remember the legacy of the great civil rights leader, from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the March on Washington.


Gladwell: An 'Unreal' Image Changed Civil Rights Forever

Malcolm Gladwell dissects one of the most iconic photographs from the Civil Rights Movement, concluding that, while not diminishing its power, it was actually staged by Martin Luther King Jr.

Rep. John Lewis: Using Comics to Teach Civil Rights

Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis discusses using creative methods such as the 1956 Martin Luther King Jr. comic and his recently released comic, March to teach the youth about the Civil Rights movement.

Spirit of '76: Civil Rights Continues Fight for Equality

James H. Hershman, Jr., professor of Liberal Studies at Georgetown University, finds echoes of the The Declaration of Independence in the civil rights movement, from Brown v. Board of Education to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

How Nixon Turned His Back on Martin Luther King Jr.

Jeffrey Frank, senior editor at The New Yorker and author of "Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage," talks about how civil rights factored into Richard Nixon's politics as vice president under Eisenhower and when he ran against Kennedy in 1960.

Ronald Reagan 'Snookered' Civil Rights Commission

After being fired from the Civil Rights Commission, Mary Frances Berry reflects on suing former President Ronald Reagan.

After a judge ruled "You can not fire watch dogs for biting," Reagan restructured the commission to abide by his agenda.

Michael Eric Dyson Examines the 'I Have a Dream' Speech

Michael Eric Dyson reflects on the famous "I Have a Dream" speech says MLK is often "celebrated for the end of that speech, but few people remember the beginning of that speech" that railed against specific injustices before he improvised the inspirational final words.

I Have a Dream: Rubenstein Dissects MLK's Historic Speech

David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, dissects what sets Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech apart from other similarly famous orations by Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.

Sexism and the Civil Rights Movement: A Look Back

Former civil rights activists and contributing editors of Hands on the Freedom Plow examine the presence of sexism within the Civil Rights Movement.

Gladwell: Martin Luther King's Nazi Hug, Birmingham 1963

Malcolm Gladwell recounts Civil Rights protests organized by Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama. While King was attacked by a Nazi in 1963, he counters with a hug and forgiveness.

Michael Steele to Black America: 'We Built This Country'

Former RNC chairman Michael Steele asks black communities to organize and help each other. "The way others look at us," says Steele, "starts with how we look at ourselves." 

From a Number to a Name: The Shooting of Trayvon Martin

Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief at Global Grind, talks about the "He Has A Name, She Has a Name" story and how the shooting of Trayvon Martin changed headlines.

Soros: We Must Reduce Number of Black Males in Prison

Philanthropist George Soros highlights one of the most alarming trends that disproportionately affects black males: an unfair criminal justice system.

Dellinger: Martin Luther King was an Ecological Thinker

Drew Dellinger, founder of Poets for Global Justice, shares how Martin Luther King, Jr. held a ecological perspective in his activism for Civil Rights. King once wrote that "all life is interrelated", and Dellinger uses this as evidence of King's ecological mode of thought.

About this series

In the summer of 1964, a year after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his ground-shaking "I Have a Dream" speech, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, ending segregation. To mark the 50th anniversary of this milestone in U.S. history, we remember the legacy of the civil rights movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the March on Washington.

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