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Martin Luther King's legacy for today's activists, fifty years after his death.

Since his death on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King's legacy has influenced generations of activism. Edited and with a lead essay by Brandon Terry, this volume explores what this legacy can and cannot do for activism in the present.

King spent the months leading up to his death organizing demonstrations against the Vietnam War and planning the Poor People's Campaign, a "multiracial army of the poor" that would march on Washington in pursuit of economic justice. Thus the spring of 1968 represented a hopeful, albeit chaotic set of possibilities; King, along with countless other activists, offered both ethical and strategic solutions to the multifaceted problems of war, racism, and economic inequality. With a critical eye on both the past and present, this collection of essays explores that moment of promise, and how, in the fifty years since King's death, historical forces have shaped what we claim as a usable past in fighting the injustices of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946511065
Publisher: Boston Review
Publication date: 02/02/2018
Series: Boston Review / Forum , #5
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,264,181
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brandon Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University.

Joshua Cohen is Coeditor-in-Chief of Boston Review, member of the faculty of Apple University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow in Law, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Brandon Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University.

Ed Pavlicis the author of Live at the Bitter End; Who Can Afford to Improvise? James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listener;Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno; and other books. He is Distinguished Research Professor in the English Department and in the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia.

Table of Contents

Editors' Note Deborah Chasman Joshua Cohen 7


MLK Now Brandon M. Terry 9

Forum Responses

King in Context Barbara Ransby 31

The Pivot to Class Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 36

Diagnosing Racial Capitalism Andrew Douglas 40

A National Problem Jeanne Theoharis 45

On Violence and Nonviolence Elizabeth Hinton 49

Sparking King's Revolution Bernard E. Harcourt 53

A Revolution in Values Brandon M. Terry 58


Baldwin's Lonely Country Ed Pavlic 67

Against National Security Citizenship Azix Rana 81

1968 and the Crisis of Liberalism Samule Moyn 92

Exceptional Victims Christian G. Appy 102

The Almost Inevitable Failure of Justice Thad Williamson 112

Contributors 125

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