Explore the life and works of Martin Luther King JR.
In a Special Issue from The Atlantic.Purchase Now
Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., The Atlantic commemorates his life and work—and reflects on the reality of today’s America through the prism of his vision.
Our new special issue takes the reader from King’s development as a young activist to the building of his campaign against what he called the "three major evils” of society: racism, poverty, and militarism.
- Dr. King’s youngest child, Bernice King, who wrote the issue’s introduction
- Jesse Williams and John Legend on the intersection between art and activism
- MacArthur fellows Matt Desmond, Jesmyn Ward, and LaToya Ruby Frazier
- Representative John Lewis, who marched with King in Selma
- Historian Jeanne Theoharis on Coretta Scott King and the hidden women of the movement
- Voices from The Atlantic’s archives, including Stokely Carmichael, Jonathan Kozol, and Archibald MacLeish
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