One of Donald Trump‘s most notorious former attorneys sued Martin Luther King Jr. for libel in 1965.Roy Cohn was the lead attorney in a defamation lawsuit filed against King and others by a New York City cop who shot and killed a black teenager–allegedly in cold blood. A capsule summary of the incident leading up to the lawsuit can be found in The New York Times‘ archives. Under the headline, “NEGRO LEADERS SPLIT OVER CALL TO CURTAIL DRIVE,” the article from July 31, 1964 by R.W. Apple Jr. reads, in part:Dr. King denounced Police Commissioner Michael J. Murphy as a man “utterly unresponsive to either the demands or the aspirations of the Negro people,” but did not call for his resignation.“He is intransigent and has little understanding of the urgency of the situation,” the Negro leader added. “If he had, he would have suspended Lieutenant [Thomas R.] Gilligan at once, and would not have obstructed … [Read more...] about Trump Attorney Roy Cohn Once Sued Martin Luther King Jr. For Defamation
This morning, one of the most outspoken immigration hawks in Washington decided to take to his Twitter account to send out a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With today being MLK Day, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted out a short passage from Dr. King’s final speech:Of course, King quoting the biggest civil rights icon and leader in American history seems more than just a bit ironic considering that it was just a month ago when Rep. King tweeted out a quote from the Hungarian prime minister stating that “mixing cultures” will not lead to a better life, adding his own opinion that “diversity is not our strength.”The Iowa lawmaker’s ultra-conservative views on immigration and the quasi-racist statements he’s made in the past were not lost on the Twittersphere. Below are some of the most notable reactions to the Republican congressman’s tweet:[image via screengrab]— Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona … [Read more...] about Steve King, Who a Month Ago Said ‘Diversity Is Not Our Strength,’ Tweets Out MLK Quote
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), Google is celebrating the legacy of the civil rights icon with an inspirational Doodle inspired by King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”“Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Baptist minister, Nobel Laureate, and civil rights activist who dedicated his life working tirelessly for peace, social justice, and opportunity for all Americans -- irrespective of color or creed,” Google writes on its website.Today’s Doodle doesn't feature King himself, but instead portrays a large multi-cultural crowd surrounding the Washington Monument Reflecting Pool, witnessing the civil rights leader’s historic speech.The Doodle was designed by artist Cannaday Chapman and developed in collaboration with the Black Googlers Network. The artist says the illustration was “inspired by people.”“It may appear that this movement or any civil rights movement was brought about by one … [Read more...] about Google Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Inspirational Doodle
To commemorate Martin Luther King day, The View invited civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis to appear on-set. And Lewis, whose battle with then-president elect Donald Trump over his inauguration boycott dominated the headlines last January, reflected on his decision to skip Trumps inaugural.“I couldn’t be at home with myself if I had to participate or be part of it,” Lewis said. “The [civil rights] movement taught us to withdraw from evil. I never felt that his election was legitimate.”View co-host Joy Behar asked Lewis if he believes Trump would have been elected in the first place if Dr. King were still alive. Lewis said no — Trump wouldn’t be president.“If Martin Luther king had been alive, no,” Lewis said. “Dr. King would have been able to lead us to a different place. Our country would be different.”Lewis closed with a reflection on Dr. King.“He taught me how to stand up,” Lewis said. “To speak up … [Read more...] about Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis: Trump Wouldn’t Be POTUS ‘If Martin Luther King Had Been Alive’
When I was younger, Martin Luther King Jr Day was like a preview for Black History Month. We were taught about King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the March on Washington, and how he took his inspiration from Gandhi to pursue non-violent tactics towards Civil Disobedience. I was not taught that, in his time, King was seen as an extremist.American History tends to mythologize its heroes to the point where it becomes blurry as to what was the actual truth about the men, women, and movements that helped shape this country. Martin Luther King Jr. has been used as the equivalent of rolling a D20 (D&D reference there) in discussions about groups like Black Lives Matter, The Black Panthers, or other Civil Rights leaders like Malcolm X. During the election, I would see Bernie supporters complain that black people who were voting for Hilary over Bernie were “choosing a Goldwater girl over someone who marched with MLK!!” They complain that groups … [Read more...] about How Yesterday’s Enemies Become Today’s Heroes: Martin Luther King Jr.