Chances Are the FBI Has Files on Your Favorite Human Rights Activist

By: Friday November 21, 2014 4:25 pm

Yale University American historian Beverly Gage was sifting through the US National Archives in the summer of 2014, doing research for a book on J. Edgar Hoover, when she came across a letter historians had been searching for for many a decade. Written from the perspective of an imaginary yet disappointed admirer of Martin Luther King, Jr., the missive encouraged the leading civil rights, anti-war, and socialist activist to kill himself.

“There is only one thing left for you to do,” the anonymous author warned, “before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” “You know what it is.”

 

Snowden, Merkel, Obama, and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

By: Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm

President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.

Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.

President Obama Failed To Mention Why Government Was Spying On MLK

By: Monday January 20, 2014 12:20 pm

During his speech defending the NSA and domestic surveillance President Barack Obama ironically mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King as proof that intelligence agencies spying on Americans had precedent in our recent history. What Obama failed to mention was why MLK had been targeted by the government. What did King do to become a threat to national security besides being a leading in the civil rights movement?

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’

By: Wednesday November 27, 2013 6:56 am

Now we get to the second phase of understanding the Surveillance State – once you have vacuumed up all this private information from everyone, what do you do with it? Answer: blackmail, extort, and destroy. Information is power, the power to punish your perceived enemies and reward your friends and the NSA’s mastery of the internet gives them access to a lot of information.

Fifty Years After King’s Dream Speech, Nullification Keeps on Marching

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00 am

Each time I read or hear Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a different piece leaps out at me. Today, as we come to the fiftieth anniversary of that speech, it’s this:

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

The language of nullification — the thought that state laws can trump federal laws — is still a part of our national lexicon, despite the fact that the Nullifiers lost the Civil War. Indeed, here in Missouri, it’s become a very large part of the state political conversation.

Anniversary Of Martin Luther King’s Assassination: The Poor People’s Campaign

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 9:24 am

Today is the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Contrary to the sanitized saccharine version of Martin Luther King most school children are force feed stands the real man. A radical. A democratic socialist. A man truly despised in the circles of power. Who, in the last campaign before he was struck down, expanded the search for justice beyond nondiscrimination into the realm of true empowerment.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Charles Euchner, Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington

By: Saturday February 2, 2013 1:59 pm

Charles Euchner’s Nobody Turn Me Around shines much needed light on the legions of individuals and institutions behind the March on Washington. Euchner offers a particularly useful window onto three issues shaping the 1963 rally: the scale of the organizing effort, the ideological and personal tensions driving march organizers, and the policies activists pressed the Kennedy Administration and Congress to enact. By centering his analysis on the people and polices driving the march, Euchner presents the rally as a fully human contrivance—the product of dedicated but nonetheless flawed people who understood the value of forging temporary alliances to achieve specific political ends.

The FBI Wrote a Letter to Martin Luther King Telling Him to Commit Suicide

By: Monday January 21, 2013 7:15 pm

Happy Martin Luther King Day. To honor Martin Luther King it seems appropriate to remember what the government of his time (and clearly ours) did to thwart his activism.

Dayen’s Roundup from Martin Luther King Day, 2012

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from Monday, January 16, 2012, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It’s Colbert vs Mitt; that’s easy. The Queen needs a bigger boat? Phil Angelides wants to solve the housing problem. Foreign stories from Egypt, Syria, Romania, Korea, Canada, Switzerland and California.

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Commitment – Are You Making a Difference?

By: Sunday January 15, 2012 4:00 pm

Well, I can admit I don’t quite measure up to Martin’s standard. The good news is, though, that with each passing year, I have become a better warrior. I have broken out of my little shell and have learned to be comfortable with strongly expressing my opinions in public settings. I’m a regular speaker at local board hearings that are often televised. While I’m no movie star, I frequently get an “oh, I recognize you” from people around town. I take seriously the maxim “think globally; act locally.”

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