Martin Luther King was one of the few political leaders, then or now, that was able to articulate a coherent political strategy that emerged from and connected with on-the-ground social movement activism.
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Martin Luther King Jr. had an monumental impact on the American Civil Rights Movement and on American democracy in general. Also see our section on Civil Rights, African-American Voting Rights, or Minority Voting Rights.
In Union Square a group gathered to express outrage at the shooting by Dylann Roof of nine black men and women during a bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
“Selma is everywhere,” Attorney Norman Siegel told me prior to the march. “The racial injustice that occurred in Selma in 1965, unfortunately, is still present in various forms all across America including in New York City”.
Activists again descend on Alabama to discuss the 1968 Selma march impact on the 50th anniversary
National conversation again refocuses on Civil Rights Era’s historic Selma voting rights march
Emmett Till’s voice deserves to be heard loud and clear in a 21st century America; an America that has backpedalled on her promises and has betrayed her citizenry as the urban youth still lay on the altar as sacrificial lamb.
Political change was aided by litany of Freedom Songs written to demand rights and voting access during momentus 1960s era of songs of Civil Right Era
Thousands march in remembrance of March on Washington revisit battle for minority voting rights
Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have a Dream Speech” fifty years ago marking peak of Civil Right Movement and push for ballot access
Trial of George Zimmerman brings Commander and Chief for frank talk in Obama speech on Zimmerman