This week on The Historians Podcast, journalist Paul Kix documents how the 1963 desegregation campaign in Birmingham, Alabama changed race relations in America. Martin Luther King, Jr., was imprisoned and wrote his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Kix’s book title is a quote from Birmingham pastor Fred Shuttlesworth, You Have to Be Prepared to Die before You Can Begin to Live (Celadon Books, 2023). [Read more…] about The Legacy of Birmingham, 1963
Martin Luther King Jr
Who are the 50 individuals most frequently represented by a public monument in the US? What percentage of those 50 are white and male? How many are women? And what are the dynamics that helped shape who is — and who is not — on that list?
Answers to those questions are among the findings of the National Monument Audit, a first-of-its-kind report issued by Monument Lab, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit art and history studio. [Read more…] about List of America’s Public Monuments Reveals One-Sided History Obsessions
In October of 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech entitled “The Future of Integration” at the annual convention of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in the Catskills at the Laurels Country Club in Sackett Lake, Sullivan County, NY.
Less than two weeks after that October 8th appearance, he was sitting in jail for attempting to integrate the lunch counter at Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta, Georgia. [Read more…] about Martin Luther King In The Catskills