Tag Archives: Martin Luther King Jr.

Initially published soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., David Levering Lewis’s King: A Biography was acclaimed by historians as a foundational work on the life of the civil rights icon. In 2013 the University of Illinois Press published an … Continue reading

Fifty years after the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, many are reflecting on the King legacy. David Levering Lewis writes in an update to the preface of his foundational work King: … Continue reading

As the work of civil rights leaders was celebrated during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many—including President Obama—reflected on the differences between youth activists today and those in the 60s. Maria de los Angeles Torres, professor of Latin … Continue reading

On August 28, 1963, in front of an estimated 250,000 people in the Washington D.C. mall, Martin Luther King Jr. gave what would become the most famous speech in civil rights and American history. In the biography King, historian David Levering … Continue reading

Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King Jr. completed his open letter from Birmingham Jail. David Levering Lewis, writes in his book King: A Biography (recently released in a new third edition): “Every nation has its stockpile of rhetorical memorabilia, … Continue reading