Martin Luther King

BREAKTHROUGH

The Almost Forgotten Selma March

Fifty years ago this week, thousands in the Civil Rights movement set out from Selma, Alabama, to march to Montgomery, and this time, triumphantly, they made it.

BLOODY THURSDAY

The Riot That Sparked the Selma March

The racist violence in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago lives in history as ‘‘Bloody Sunday,’’ but do not forget the February night of vigilantism in Marion that inspired the Selma March.

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

MLK's Deal That Turned The South Red

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to eliminate the poll tax would in the end help poor whites as much as it did disenfranchised blacks.

RICH TEXT

MLK’s Forgotten Masterpiece 

In 1964, Martin Luther King became the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. When he accepted the prize, he delivered a speech that has been unfairly ignored because his delivery was so muted. Read 50 years later, it is electrifying.

Breakout Year

David Oyelowo Is Martin Luther King Jr.

The talented British actor discusses playing a complex terrorist in the new film Default, his awards bait turn as MLK in the upcoming biopic Selma, and his long road to the top.

Civil Disobedience

Palestine Needs an MLK

There are some nonviolent Palestinians, but they get crowded out by Hamas—and the Israelis, who aren’t exactly nonviolent either.