King’s canonization has come with a cost. Simply put, it has prevented us from taking him seriously as a political thinker.

In this series of video interviews, Brandon M. Terry, assistant professor at Harvard University and guest editor of Fifty Years Since MLK, addresses the many misconceptions about King’s politics to engage the true radicalism of his ideas and their importance for racial justice today.

On Fifty Years Since MLK:

The Cost of MLK’s Canonization:

On Civil Disobedience:

On the Politics of Respectability: