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Dr. Bernice King urges Americans to use their voice

Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talks with NBC News’ Maya Eaglin about her father’s activism, the importance of voting rights, and how Gen-Z is saving the country’s soul. 
Dr. Bernice King urges Americans to use their voice
Dr. Bernice King urges Americans to use their voice
2d ago

How MLK boulevards throughout the country are inspiring change

A new documentary examines inequality in Black communities with streets dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.
Farrakhan Shegog speaks with a homeowner in St. Louis in a scene from "Avenue of Dreams."
Farrakhan Shegog speaks with a homeowner in St. Louis in a scene from "Avenue of Dreams."
2d ago

The part of MLK's legacy that politicians today conveniently like to forget

Politicians conveniently like to ignore that King had a radical side and often twist his words to justify enacting policies that go against everything he fought for.
Image: Martin Luther King in his jail cell at the St. John's County Jail in St. Augustine, Fla., on June 12, 1962.
Image: Martin Luther King in his jail cell at the St. John's County Jail in St. Augustine, Fla., on June 12, 1962.

Black women look to make historic gains in 2022 midterm elections

A number of Black women candidates have become front-runners in seeking their party's nominations for statewide office, particularly in the South.
NC Democratic US Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley
NC Democratic US Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley
5d ago

Florida teacher resigns after yelling a racial slur at school, officials say

The woman, who is white, allegedly continued using the slur in the principal’s office. The principal and 75 percent of the students at the St. Petersburg school are Black.
Image: Lealman Innovation Academy.
Image: Lealman Innovation Academy.
5d ago

Why Sacramento Kings player Moe Harkless has sent $50,000 back to his hometown

"It really means the world to me to be able to have an impact on the city that raised me,” Harkless told NBCBLK.
Maurice "Moe" Harkless.
Maurice "Moe" Harkless.

6 films to stream in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

These narrative features and documentaries help deepen our understanding of the slain civil rights leader's life and work.
Martin Luther King Jr., waves to supporters on Aug. 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington D.C. during the "March on Washington".
Martin Luther King Jr., waves to supporters on Aug. 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington D.C. during the "March on Washington".

Author shares experience with Texas attempt to ban children’s books about racism

A number of books by Black authors are being taken out of circulation as at least 9 states have recently passed bills that would ban teaching about racism in the classroom. NBC News’ Joshua Johnson speaks with Jerry Craft, the children’s author behind the award-winning graphic novel “New Kid” which was pulled from library shelves in a Texas school district and put back a week later upon further review. 
Author shares experience with Texas attempt to ban children’s books about racism
Author shares experience with Texas attempt to ban children’s books about racism
6d ago

Denzel Washington on longtime friendship with Sidney Poitier: ‘He was the beacon’

“It was an honor to be able to call him a friend,” Washington said.
Image: Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington onstage at the 2016 Carousel Of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Oct. 8, 2016.
Image: Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington onstage at the 2016 Carousel Of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Oct. 8, 2016.
6d ago

Georgia deputy faces firing over Facebook comment about Ahmaud Arbery

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office investigated and subsequently suspended longtime deputy Paul Urhahn.
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7d ago

Anita Hill hits genealogy 'lottery' on 'Finding Your Roots'

In a new episode of the PBS series, Hill found an ancestor listed in the U.S. census at a time when enslaved Black people were rarely documented by name.
Anita Hill appears on "Finding Your Roots" on PBS.
Anita Hill appears on "Finding Your Roots" on PBS.