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There is No Racial Justice Without Linguistic Justice

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. One of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes come from a speech he delivered at a retreat attended by staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in South Carolina, one year before he was assassinated: “We have moved from the era of […]

Trump signs bill to upgrade Martin Luther King's birthplace to national historic park

last weekNews : USAToday: News

The designation also expands the sites boundaries to include the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.        

Hyatt Celebrates Understanding 50 Years After It Opened Its Doors to Civil Rights Leaders

Fifty years ago today, the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta opened its doors to a group of civil rights leaders in need of a place to congregate for the 11th annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Many other establishments had turned them away, but not the Hyatt. Today, the brand launched a new film as part of...

New Netflix Movie ’13TH’ Compares America’s Prison System to Modern Day Slavery

From director Ava DuVernay, who in the past masterfully told the story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the auteur is once again focusing on issues relating to race in this country and specifically how many people believe that […]

Why The New National African American Museum Won’t Have Any Martin Luther King Artifacts

“I could not be more cynical, more jaded on this subject,” said historian David J. Garrow, who won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his book “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.” “Given the family’s behavior this last 20 years, they’re unlikely to have any interest in sharing without […]

First Slice 7/25/16: How can older civil rights groups help young activists?

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group once led by Martin Luther King Jr., wants to help support younger groups working to end racial injustice. How can they make the collaboration work?…

Insisting on our Common Humanity

  "Where do we go from here?" asks Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. at the Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967.  I ask the same question as I sit in Paris, the city in which I was born at about the same time of King's speech, and listen to the latest news from Nice, Dallas, Minnesota, Louisiana, Istanbul, and Baghdad. Show More Summary

This Day in American History: The 1963 Chicago School Boycott

It is well known that in the mid-1960s Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) began working on the Chicago Freedom Movement. Members of organization wanted to expand their reach into Northern cities to combat the segregation and slum conditions that were ubiquitous above the Mason Dixon line. Show More Summary

NAACP and SCLC leaders want sitdown with Deal to discuss Confederate symbols

Leaders of the Atlanta NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on Friday said they were joining forces to oppose public Confederate memorials after Gov. Nathan Deal denied the groups’ request to a meeting. Richard Rose,...Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders: ‘Racism Is Alive And Well In America’

In his most apparent attempt to reach out to black voters, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at the Southern Christian Leadership’s 57th annual conference. Despite Sanders’ surge in many primary polls, the Vermont Senator has struggled to find similar momentum among minority voters. Show More Summary

A history of surveillance: Rep. John Lewis reads his own FBI file to make a point about government spying

3 years agoNews : The Raw Story

This morning, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) posted a photo to his Facebook page of him reading the FBI file on the activism of the civil rights-era Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which he was part of. Below the photo, he wrote, “Reading the FBI file on SCLC & myself, I am more convinced...

Open thread for night owls: Martin Luther King Jr. quotes the traditional media won't cite

M.L. King arrested in 1958 in Montgomery, Alabama, for "loitering" outside a courtroom where there was a hearing for his friend Ralph Abernathy, founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Kali Holloway at Alternet collected 9 MLK Quotes the Mainstream Media Won't Cite. Show More Summary

Rights Group To Probe Baltimore Man's Death, Cites No Confidence In Police

BALTIMORE, April 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Christian Leadership Conference will independently investigate the death of a black Baltimore man in police custody, with the local head of the civil rights group saying it lacked confidence in a police probe into the death. The man, Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. Show More Summary

SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE GEORGIA CHAPTER PRESIDENT: Arm Yourself Against The Police…

SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE GEORGIA CHAPTER PRESIDENT: Arm Yourself Against The Police.

Black Minister Running ‘Non-Violence’ Group Advocates for Blacks to ‘Use Second Amendment’ Against Cops

An African American reverend and the president of the Georgia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)–a group founded on non-violence by Martin Luther King, Jr.–is now saying that

Georgia civil rights leader calls for black self-defense

3 years agoNews : NY Daily News

The president of Georgia's chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference says black people need to protect themselves after the recent spate of police shootings of unarmed black men.

Here's Martin Luther King Jr. Telling A Joke On The Tonight Show

3 years agoSports : Deadspin

OK, it's not a good joke, but the man was busy. It was Feb. 8, 1968, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were in the thick of planning the Poor People's Campaign, which would culminate in a tent city going up on the Mall in Washington. It was also just two months before King was assassinated in Memphis. Read more...

Republican Florida Official Says Ferguson Cops Should Use ‘Fire Hoses’ On ‘Thugs’

Leaders of two civil rights groups in Florida – the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition – are calling Duval GOP Secretary Kim Crenier to step down after a series of racially-charged tweets about the unrest in Ferguson, MO. According to ActionNewsJax: Crenier admitted to us that she posted a tweet [...]

Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev Teams With SCLC to Promote Nonviolence

What do Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Steele and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev have in common?

Bayard Rustin, the Almost Forgotten, Gay Civil Rights Hero

4 years agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Buzzfeed contributor Steven Thrasher has written an extensive biography of the gay man who organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and co-organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He details the life...

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