50 years after MLK’s assassination, is America moving backward on race relations?


Nearly 50 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, his protĂ©gĂ© Jesse Jackson ticks off a list of the many ways in which the civil rights leader’s push for people to reach what he called the “mountaintop” — a final plateau of racial and economic harmony — continues to be a struggle.

Jackson, who was with King in Memphis to press for fair wages for the city’s sanitation workers on the day of the killing, notes all these years later, more than half of African-American workers earn less than $15 an hour — and income inequality in America has ballooned.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963

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White supremacists, Jackson said, are boldly and more frequently espousing their racist…

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