Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor and civil rights leader best known for espousing the principles of nonviolence in his activism leadership. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal after his assassination in 1968. 

Photo by the U.S. Library of Congress In July 1963, The Progressive published Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter from his Birmingham jail cell, under the headline “Tears of Love.” We are republishing this piece today, as the nation absorbs the te... Read more


The introduction of the slogan "Black Power" has caused substantial confusion and alarm. Read more

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on activism and civil rights, from our May 1960 archive. Read more


He refused to choose between economic equality and an end to racially-based discrimination. Read more


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“He knew, as he and his wife told me and anybody else who asked them, that any or all of the family of six might die any day.” Read more


“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Read more

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“More and more,” MLK wrote in The Progressive, “I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will...” Read more


Seeking perspective on the current chaotic state of U.S. politics, I reread a powerful speech delivered fifty years ago by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more


On the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we would do well to remember an observation by the civil-rights organizer Ella Baker: “Martin didn't make the movement, the movement made Martin.” Read more