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    It was 50 years ago today that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover made headlines by calling Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the “most notorious liar in the country." Hoover made the comment in front of a group of female journalists ahead of King’s trip to Oslo where he received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest recipient of the prize. While Hoover was trying to publicly discredit King, the agency also sent King an...
    November 18, 2014 | Story
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    What would Dr. Martin Luther King do? As debate continues over U.S. plans to launch airstrikes in Syria, we look at the final year of King’s life when he became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War, calling his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." We speak to public TV and radio broadcaster Tavis Smiley, author of the new book, "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr....
    September 11, 2014 | Story
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    Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, which examines the personal struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. during his final year, when he faced rejection by the press, the president, and much of the country’s black middle class and militants, after he spoke out against the Vietnam War.
    September 10, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    Today we spend the hour remembering the pioneering historian, theologian and civil rights activist Dr. Vincent Harding. He died on May 19 at the age of 82 in Philadelphia. He lived in Denver, but was in Pennsylvania where he had been teaching at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center. Harding was a close adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wrote King’s famous antiwar speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence."...
    May 26, 2014 | Story
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    Dr. Vincent G. Harding, who famously wrote Dr. Martin Luther King has passed away at age 82. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!
    May 20, 2014 | Web Exclusive
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    We end today’s show remembering Vincent Harding, the historian, author and civil rights activist who died Monday at the age of 82. He was a friend and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and co-wrote King’s famous antiwar address, "Beyond Vietnam." Speaking on Democracy Now! in 2008, Vincent Harding talked about the speech. "King saw the natural connection between what was happening to the poor in the U.S.A.,...
    May 20, 2014 | Story
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    Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15th, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign...
    January 20, 2014 | Story
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    Director, producer and screenwriter Oliver Stone discusses his next project, a biographical film of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. starring Jamie Foxx. Stone is writing the film with the cooperation of the King estate. "He was our Gandhi," Stone says. "He spoke out not only for civil rights, but when he crossed over, against militarism, greed, and the Vietnam War." Stone has made nearly two dozen films, winning three Academy...
    November 05, 2013 | Story
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    This pages features Democracy Now! interviews about the Civil Rights Movement as we mark the 50th anniversary of many of its pivotal moments in 1963. The year began with Alabama Gov. George Wallace vowing "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever." That April, Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested and wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and in June NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was gunned down...
    September 17, 2013 | DN! In Depth
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    As we continue our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, we’re joined by the acclaimed chronicler of the civil rights movement, Taylor Branch. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Branch is best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, the "America in the King Years" trilogy. His new...
    August 29, 2013 | Story