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Winter 2018

Fifty Years Since MLK

This issue grapples with the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. fifty years after his death, recovering—and scrutinizing—the profoundly radical nature of King’s political, moral, and religious thought. Guest edited by Brandon Terry.

Forum: MLK Now

Opening
Brandon M. Terry

Essays

When Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, James Baldwin made a final attempt to reconcile the generational divide between the civil rights movement and Black Power.

Ed Pavlić

Support for the U.S. military has long been seen as a crucial way for black Americans and immigrants to show that they “belong.”

Aziz Rana

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

Samuel Moyn

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.

Christian G. Appy

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

Thad Williamson

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