Martin Luther King Jr

Brett Wilkins, staff writer
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an increasingly vocal critic of the U.S. war in Vietnam, speaks on the subject at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 1968. (Photo: Joseph Klipple/Getty Images)
"Dr. King was an anti-war, anti-capitalist justice seeker who rejected poverty, racism, militarism, and the death penalty," Rep. Ayanna Pressley reminded those who would co-opt the slain human rights leader's words.
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Bloomington, Indiana anti-death-penalty activist Glenda Breeden holds a lamp on Jan. 12, 2021 while protesting against the then-pending execution of Lisa Montgomery, and two others, at Terre Haute Federal Prison this week. Montgomery was to be put to death on Wednesday.
Corey Johnson—who was Black, Covid-19 positive, and had an intellectual...
Brett Wilkins, staff writer
Kings Bay Plowshares 7 members pose for a photo with a banner showing peace activist Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo: Kings Bay Plowshares 7)
"To be clear," said Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day and one of...


This year's Martin Luther King Day comes with the usual dose of cognitive dissonance - the hateful Mike Pence is quoting him?! - along with an added shot of racist punk privilege from a mob of MAGA-hatted white boys of Covington Catholic who swarmed, taunted and jeered a Native American elder because they felt they could. King knew there is nothing new under the divisive sun. "This wasn't boys being boys," said one critic. "This is America being America."