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MLK: 40 Years Later

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hide captionMartin Luther King, Jr. photographed at London Airport in 1961.

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.We're observing the somber milestone on today's show with firsthand accounts from some of our regular contributors and key players in the Civil Rights Movement, and we'll get an update on the state of black leadership from Michael Eric Dyson.

Extended Coverage:
AOL Black Voices: King Family Photo Album
Afro-American Newspapers: 1968: Remembering the Turmoil
Associated Press: Atlanta, Memphis Mark 40th Anniversary
Think.MTV.com: Friendship Public Charter School Pays Tribute
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Coverage
Memphis Commercial Appeal Coverage

Commentaries:
Alice Bonner, theRoot.com: The Night Washington Burned Black
AllAboutRace.com: 40 Years Ago on a Balcony in Memphis
Michael C. Dawson, theRoot.com: April 4, 1968: Chicago Burned
Jon Friedman, marketwatch.com: How King Should Be Remembered by the Media
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, syndicated: Forty Years Later, Many Still Ask Who Killed King
Dwight Lewis, Nashville Tennessean: Two Ways 'Who Speaks for the Negro?' Resonates
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: Promised Land: Are We There?
Ronda Racha Penrice, ebonyjet.com: Eyewitness to Murder or Denials of Conspiracy
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Can You See the Promised Land of Equality?
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star: King Had Some Hard Truths to Tell America
Jack White, theRoot.com: Forget the Government Conspiracy
Gary Younge, The Guardian: America Lauds Martin Luther King, But Undermines His Legacy Every Day

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Interesting...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/mar/31/usa.race

Sent by Lovenia | 3:39 PM | 4-4-2008

I don't want to over shadow this hudge day in memorance to Dr. King,but there wasn't a word mentioned about another death on this day/April 4th. The Great Congessman Adam Clayton Powell, died on the same day different year.

Sent by Brian Williams | 11:23 PM | 4-5-2008

Your commemoration of Martin Luther King's 40th death day brought new
significance to this watershed event in the Sixties.

The question "Where were you when MLK died?" paralleled the earlier
question referring to the assassination of the other great K, I mean JFK.
If this earlier public tragedy broke the postwar American dream, MLK's
murder signed the trough of the ensuing disillusionment.

Being born 9 hours after JFK's death I share an intimate connection to
this and the other events of the turbulent Sixties. I was born in Rome,
Italy, where JFK was much beloved. The Italian attitude toward MLK was not
so personal, but I believe his legacy and influence on the 1968 political
upheavals is no less significant.

In fact, if I find one fault with your commemoration is the limitation of
your contextualization of MLK's assassination to the US 1968. No mention
was made of the worldwide social unrest that strove to break the political
status quo, from the French May, to the Prague Spring and the attending
Soviet backlash.

I would propose you devote another show to the repercussions of MLK's
murder around the world, the role it played in the worldwide 1968 struggle
for change, as well as MLK's lasting legacy as seen from outside America.

Sent by Giuseppe Castellacci | 12:35 AM | 4-17-2008

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