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A Tale of Two Kings? January 15, April 4, and the Legacy of MLK

Thinking about the 46th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination of April 4, 1968, I found myself considering which MLK we remember when we talk about his murder. For years, I’ve considered how MLK “changed” by the end of his life, how he came to be seen nationally and internationally by 1968, and what he was doing on the eve of his death. Yet I’ve also begun to consider how the anniversary of King’s death offers a moment to reflect on a different King from the one normally celebrated in January of every year (based, of course, off Read more