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U.S. civil rights movement leader

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Martin Luther King Jr.: U.S. civil rights movement leader
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.


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Today in History for April 23rd

Highlights of this day in history: William Shakespeare born, dies 52 years later on same day; MLK Jr. assassinator James Earl Ray dies at age 70; Cesar Chavez dies at age 66; Hank Aaron begins climb to..
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On This Day: 8 April 1968

The Academy Awards were postponed following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 8)  
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Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and Aide to King, Dies at 98

A lieutenant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Lowery helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and gave the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
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America's civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies, aged 98

The Reverend Joseph Lowery, a key ally of Martin Luther King in the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s, died on Friday at age of 98, the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change said in a twitter..
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MLK's son joins calls to halt Alabama inmate's execution

Martin Luther King III released an open letter to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, asking her to intervene in the Nathaniel Woods case.
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Virtual reality puts visitors eye-to-eye with MLK

A high-tech museum exhibit puts visitors face-to-face with Martin Luther King Jr. as he delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The virtual reality exhibit opened in Chicago on Friday. (Feb...
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Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Day march

Democratic presidential contenders hit pause on their recent feuds as they walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets of South Carolina's capital city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr..
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Kellyanne Conway says Martin Luther King Jr. would have opposed Donald Trump's impeachment

Kellyanne Conway's comments to NBC News came the day before the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is expected to begin.
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Democratic presidential candidates enjoy moment of harmony to mark King birthday

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren marched arm-in-arm on Monday, as a group of often feuding U.S. presidential candidates set aside their differences long enough to celebrate Martin Luther..
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Nation honors legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Commemorative ceremonies around the U.S. celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20, 2020  
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Democrats mark King's birthday on presidential campaign trail

Democrats locked in a tight race for their party's presidential nomination will mark the holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. by seeking the support of black voters.
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MLK Day, Virginia gun rights rally, SAG Awards: 5 things to know Monday

Civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored, the Australian Open begins and more things you need to know Monday.
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Martin Luther King III on MLK legacy: Respect, reason work better than political insults

Political leaders across the spectrum need to realize that, while partisanship is understandable, hyper-partisanship is destructive to our country.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s son still works to achieve the dream: 'The work is nowhere near complete'

As the federal holiday to honor his father approaches, Martin Luther King III says the nation has yet to overcome injustices toward people of color.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter says U.S. voter suppression is alive and well

The center that honors slain U.S. civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will devote the holiday celebrating his legacy on Monday to voter education and registration, his youngest daughter said in a..
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MLK's daughter addresses current political climate

Amid heightening tensions in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter asks that people keep in mind the values he exemplified. She spoke to reporters Thursday after announcing..
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Steven Reed, first African-American mayor of Montgomery, hopes MLK Jr. is "proud"

Steven Reed made history Tuesday when he was sworn in as the first African-American mayor to lead Montgomery, Alabama, the first capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Jericka Duncan spoke..
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Kansas City votes to remove Martin Luther King Jr.'s name from historic street

Nearly 70% of Kansas City voters supported returning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to its original name, The Paseo. Allison Kate from the Kansas City Star joined CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss..
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Ray Jenkins, Newspaperman Who Covered Civil Rights Era, Dies at 89

He had a “ringside seat to history” in the South, befriending Martin Luther King and triggering a landmark First Amendment case that went to the Supreme Court.
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Kansas City voters: Street name wrong way to honor Martin Luther King Jr

Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, have reversed a decision by city leaders to name a street after slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, in a contest both sides characterized as being sparked..
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Kansas City votes to remove MLK from street name

Unofficial results showed the proposal to remove King's name received nearly 70% of the vote
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Kansas City voters to decide if road will continue to be named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Those who wish to see the name changed back to The Paseo deny that race has anything to do with their opposition to naming the boulevard after MLK.
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Remembering 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

National Urban League president Marc Morial reports on the symbolism The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had for the civil rights movement, the personal connection he had for his parents, and how the..
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MLK: A riot is the language of the unheard

Three years after "I Have a Dream" and the March on Washington, Dr. King talked with Mike Wallace about divisions in the Civil Rights movement.
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Martin Luther King's daughter tells Facebook disinformation helped kill civil rights leader

Disinformation campaigns helped lead to the assassination of Martin Luther King, the daughter of the U.S. civil rights champion said on Thursday after the head of Facebook said social media should not..
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Naval Academy probing apparent noose found in school building

Discovery was made on 56th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech
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Dr. King’s ‘Dream’ Speech: His Son Reflects on How Far We Have Come

On the 58th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, his son discusses the “best of what America represents.”
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Biden asks crowd to imagine if Obama had been assassinated

Recalling Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., Biden asked an audience to contemplate Obama's assassination
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Remembering Leah Chase, the queen of Creole cuisine

The city of New Orleans and the culinary world are remembering legendary chef Leah Chase. Her career spanned more than seven decades. She created a safe haven for civil rights activists, including Dr...
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