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Forum V (Winter 2018)

Fifty Years Since MLK

April 4, 2018, marked the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. This collection grapples with his enduring legacy. Though he is widely celebrated as a national hero—martyr to an inspiring dream about our country's largest possibilities—many younger Americans now greet his name with suspicion, viewing him as an essentially conservative figure. These essays offer critical engagement in place of canonization, recovering—and scrutinizing—the profoundly radical nature of King's political, moral, and religious thought.

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CONTENTS

 

 
Editors' Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen
 

 

FORUM

 
MLK Now
Brandon M. Terry
King in Context
Barbara Ransby
The Pivot to Class
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Diagnosing Racial Capitalism
Andrew Douglas
A National Problem
Jeanne Theoharis
On Violence and Nonviolence
Elizabeth Hinton
Sparking King’s Revolution
Bernard E. Harcourt
A Revolution in Values
Brandon M. Terry
 

 

ESSAYS

 
Baldwin’s Lonely Country
Ed Pavlić 
Against National Security Citizenship
Aziz Rana
1968 and the Crisis of Liberalism
Samuel Moyn
Exceptional Victims
Christian G. Appy
The Almost Inevitable Failure of Justice
Thad Williamson

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