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Forum V (Winter 2018)

Fifty Years Since MLK

April 4, 2018, marked the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. This collection grapples with his enduring legacy. Though he is widely celebrated as a national hero—martyr to an inspiring dream about our country’s largest possibilities—many younger Americans now greet his name with suspicion, viewing him as an essentially conservative figure. These essays offer critical engagement in place of canonization, recovering—and scrutinizing—the profoundly radical nature of King’s political, moral, and religious thought.

 

Forum: MLK Now

Opening
Brandon M. Terry

Essays

Ed Pavli?
Fifty years ago, when Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, a devastated James Baldwin made a final attempt to reconcile the generational divide between the civil rights movement and Black Power.
Aziz Rana
Support for the U.S. military has long been seen as a crucial way for black Americans and immigrants to show that they “belong.”
Samuel Moyn

The critique of identity politics ignores the role that neoliberalism and neoconservatism have played in creating our present situation.

Christian G. Appy

The resistance to the Vietnam War was the most diverse and dynamic antiwar movement in U.S. history. We have all but forgotten it today.

Thad Williamson

The persistence of black poverty has become a permanent feature of U.S. democracy. We need an expanded political imagination to dismantle it.

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