The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


Taylor Branch
* Author, Working on a Trilogy About the King Years, two of which are completed: Parting the Waters & Pillar of Fire

John Hope Franklkin, Sr.
* Historian
* Author of many books on African-American history, including From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was far more than his current portrayal as the nation's most important non-violent civil rights leader. We've forgotten his powerful indictments of poverty and the Vietnam War ... and the years of beatings and busts he endured before he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He spent his life defying authority on many levels. How do you think about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? How do you celebrate the holiday that honors him?



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