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Day of service honors Martin Luther King Jr. updated: Mon Jan 16 2012 10:59:00

The nation paused Monday to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who would have turned 83 this year had a bullet not cut short his life.

Controversy over new MLK sculptureupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 14:58:00

The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. leaves some questioning the sculpture. Athena Jones reports.

Taking Martin Luther King Jr. at his wordsupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 14:58:00

Of course a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. was going to be controversial.

Free admission to national parks this weekendupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 13:16:00

Soak up history and the outdoors this weekend with a fee-free visit to a national park. All 397 national parks will waive admission fees Saturday through Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Alabama's immigration law: Jim Crow revisited updated: Thu Nov 17 2011 11:23:00

It is one of the painful ironies of our time that in the same season Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory is finally honored with a memorial in our nation's capital, the state where he began to lead the civil rights movement is once more the center of an ugly conflict over racial injustice.

Alabama's immigration battle not over yetupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 11:23:00

Enforcement of Alabama's anti-illegal immigration law has many Alabama residents wondering about the state's future.

Barbour on Cain: I'm very surprisedupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 07:43:00

Gov. Haley Barbour says he's surprised by the allegations made against Herman Cain and wants to see how it all plays out.

Herman Cain and the decline of black conservatismupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 07:43:00

Not long ago, presidential candidate Herman Cain made headlines when he said blacks were brainwashed for not considering conservative ideas. On other occasions he declared that racism was no longer a problem and blamed the poor for being poor.

'Excuse me, sir. Are you Martin Luther King?'updated: Mon Oct 17 2011 11:19:00

"Excuse me, sir. Are you Martin Luther King?"

Obama: 'Change has never been quick'updated: Mon Oct 17 2011 11:19:00

While speaking to crowds at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, President Obama talked about dedication to change.

King's frat brother reflects on legacyupdated: Sun Oct 16 2011 07:34:00

The only living member of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge line heads to Washington for the MLK monument dedication.

Fraternity brothers helped make King monument a realityupdated: Sun Oct 16 2011 07:34:00

The newest monument in Washington dedicated to the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is attracting thousands of Americans and foreign tourists. It will finally get its official day in the sun on Sunday. That is when the federal government will formally dedicate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall.

MLK's daughter talks about his monumentupdated: Sat Oct 15 2011 12:18:00

Martin Luther King Junior's daughter Bernice talks to CNN's Fredricka Whitfield about the King memorial in Washington.

We owe it to King to revise inscription on his monumentupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 12:50:00

I was in Atlanta when I first learned of a controversy over an inscription marking the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington. The quote on one side of the granite "Stone of Hope" reads, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."

Swiss candidate's platform: PowerPointupdated: Sat Sep 17 2011 23:52:00

Taxes, health care, jobs. These are issues that are center stage in U.S. elections. But a parliamentary candidate in Switzerland has a slightly different platform: PowerPoint.

Official dedication of MLK Memorial to be held October 16updated: Sat Sep 10 2011 15:39:00

The official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, which was postponed because of Hurricane Irene last month, will be held on October 16, Harry Johnson Sr., head of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation, said Saturday.

Hundreds head to MLK memorial despite event cancellationsupdated: Sun Aug 28 2011 20:46:00

As winds, rains and fears calmed in the Washington, D.C., area Sunday, hundreds arrived at the newly opened Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Sunday afternoon to revel, share stories and celebrate.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is richly deservedupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 19:09:00

It's only fitting that during the week we were to dedicate the memorial in Washington to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an earthquake would hit the region and the entire East Coast would be bracing itself for a hurricane.

King remembered for his triumphs over a 'mountain of despair'updated: Sat Aug 27 2011 13:41:00

Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered Saturday as an irrepressible civil rights leader who many times triumphed over a "mountain of despair."

Hurricane delays MLK Memorial dedicationupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 05:40:00

The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington is postponed due to Hurricane Irene.

Dedication of King memorial postponed due to Ireneupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 05:40:00

Sunday's dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene's expected advance on the U.S. East Coast, an organizer said Thursday evening.

Memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. opening on National Mallupdated: Mon Aug 22 2011 17:06:00

The morning sun that came up over Washington's Tidal Basin on Monday illuminated a new memorial opening to the public for the first time: a plaza and statue honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Union workers march on King death anniversaryupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 18:00:00

Union workers are set to march Monday, linking their fight for their rights to the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Selma to Cairo: The people drive freedomupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 07:16:00

It's always interesting talking to American youth, especially African Americans, who are quick to suggest that the "old ways of doing things" like marches, rallies, protests and boycotts have no effect on changing public policy today.

Day of service honors Martin Luther King Jr.updated: Tue Jan 18 2011 12:15:00

Events around the United States honored the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as the nation marked the 25th anniversary of the holiday in honor of one of the country's most prominent civil rights leaders.

People.com: Michelle Obama's 'Embarrassing' 47th Birthday Serenadeupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 17:50:00

The First Lady joined President Obama and their kids for MLK Day school visit

SI.com: Phil Taylor: Dr. Martin Luther King would have liked much of what has transpired in sportsupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 11:18:00

The anniversary of Martin Luther King's birthday has become an annual occasion to stop and take stock of race relations in America, to assess the progress and status of African-Americans as a group. This is only natural, given the way King fought to achieve the basic civil rights for black people that we now, thankfully, can almost take for granted.

Guard against risk of political killingsupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 11:17:00

When people call the shootings in Tucson senseless, they are absolutely right. By all reports, the alleged Tucson shooter was seriously mentally ill and quite probably schizophrenic.

Rally aims to 'Reclaim the Dream'updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 12:36:00

Civil rights leaders marking the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech Saturday scorned a nearby Glenn Beck-led rally, saying it came with no message and with a presumption that King's famous discourse can be used as a conservative platform.

Sharpton: 'Dream has not been achieved'updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 12:36:00

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at his "Reclaim the Dream" event on the 47th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Glenn Beck: 'Turn back to God'updated: Mon Aug 30 2010 09:38:00

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck talks about faith at a rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's speech.

Glenn Beck's 'Honor' rally: What you missedupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 09:38:00

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck says his revival-style rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday was about restoring America's honor and returning the country to the values on which it was founded.

Why King's march transformed Americaupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 11:50:00

On the 47th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on Saturday, the first sight on the National Mall for thousands of marchers was a four-story art installation that displayed four images and quotations of Martin Luther King Jr..

Beck talks faith in rally coinciding with anniversary of King's speechupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 19:41:00

In what resembled more a revival than a political rally, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck urged the large crowds at his "Restoring Honor" event Saturday to "turn back to God" and return America to the values on which it was founded.

Who owns the civil rights movement?updated: Sat Aug 28 2010 19:41:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux discusses Glenn Beck's efforts to "take back the civil rights movement" at a rally in Washington.

King's niece defends rally on anniversary of "I Have a Dream" speechupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 16:56:00

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece is slated to speak Saturday at a controversial rally by radio talk show host Glenn Beck scheduled to take place in the same location as her uncle's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Glenn Beck rally stirs controversyupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 07:26:00

Beck under fire for holding a rally on the anniversary and site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.

Glenn Beck rally plans cause a stirupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 07:26:00

The planned large rally by Fox News Channel and radio talk show host Glenn Beck on Saturday on the National Mall is causing controversy because of its location and timing.

11 dads of famous juniorsupdated: Sun Jun 20 2010 07:51:00

In honor of Father's Day, let's take a look at some dads who gave famous people a giant gift: their names. You know Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Ken Griffey Sr., but here are some lesser-known seniors behind a slew of celebrity juniors.

Martin Luther King's Easter messageupdated: Sun Apr 04 2010 09:48:00

All around the world this weekend, Christians are celebrating Easter. For them, this holiest of days announces that death does not have the final word and that eternal life awaits those who would just believe.

Peace in fashion, but only as a hip symbolupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 12:06:00

Walk into any sleek West Elm store, and the first thing you're likely to see is a giant red banner emblazoned with a white peace symbol. Peace is pretty. Browse Pottery Barn Teen, and you'll be dazzled by backlit peace signs and multicolored peace-sign bedding. Peace is cool.

SI.com: Kristian Dyer: Stud Georgia RB Abernathy IV doing prominent family name proudupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 18:03:00

After a season-ending loss to Callaway in the Georgia state playoffs, junior running back Ralph David Abernathy IV walked off the bus upon arrival at Westminster Academy, ready to meet his parents and get home. Head down and still feeling the sting of the loss, Abernathy was pulled aside by a sophomore teammate who put his arm around him and told him that this was now Abernathy's team.

Bernice King elected president of SCLCupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 14:20:00

Bernice King, the youngest child of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., has been elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a spokeswoman for the group said Friday.

Past, future of SCLC pondered as it chooses presidentupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 22:51:00

The legacy of the past is an unavoidable presence as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference considers who will be its next president.

King children resolve battle; 'We still always loved one another'updated: Tue Oct 13 2009 12:59:00

The three surviving children of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are moving forward after averting a public trial over the estates of their parents.

8 places every American should seeupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 10:36:00

No offense to the nation's capital, but the landmarks of our heritage extend far beyond the District of Columbia.

Siblings' fight over MLK estate set for trialupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 10:13:00

Jury selection is set to start Monday in a trial pitting two children of Martin Luther King Jr. against their brother, whom they accuse of mishandling the late civil rights leader's estate.

Martin Luther King children in court over estate caseupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 21:02:00

A judge has ordered the children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to meet in their capacity as the sole shareholders of the corporation that manages their iconic father's estate.

MLK movie in limbo as King siblings squabbleupdated: Wed May 20 2009 21:58:00

DreamWorks Studios will back out of plans to produce a movie about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. unless King's three surviving children settle their differences over the deal, the studio said Wednesday.

Black in America: Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassinationupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 17:42:00

CNN Presents: Black in America: Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination airs Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN

MLK: Retracing a legacyupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 21:40:00

Martin Luther King III retraces his father's travels to India to learn about Mahatma Gandhi. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

King moved, as father was, on trip to Gandhi's memorialupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 21:40:00

In 1959, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came to India to further understand Mahatma Gandhi's tactics of passive resistance.

Sober Obama speech draws on surprising sourcesupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 23:26:00

Barack Obama, who shot from obscurity to fame based on a single speech and then captured the White House in a campaign marked by soaring rhetoric, delivered a restrained, sober inaugural address Tuesday.

'Just the president'updated: Tue Jan 20 2009 08:24:00

CNN's Campbell Brown discusses the challenges Obama will face as U.S. president and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Commentary: King, Obama not hyphenated leadersupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 08:24:00

Barack Obama didn't run to be the next Martin Luther King Jr., just the next president.

Civil rights vets: Fight not over because Obama reaches topupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 22:18:00

Barack Obama's inauguration marks a profound manifestation of the Rev. Martin Luther King's dream, civil rights leaders say, but the movement would be foolish to drop its guard now.

MLK Day and the inaugurationupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 22:18:00

Vibe magazine editor-in-chief Danyel Smith talks about MLK day and the historical significance of the inauguration.

Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua on 'From MLK to Today'updated: Mon Jan 19 2009 13:23:00

Director Antoine Fuqua, the force behind films such as "Training Day" and "Shooter," turned his focus to creating CNN's exclusive short film "From MLK to Today," which airs at 7 p.m. ET Monday.

'From MLK to Today' clipupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 13:23:00

Director Antoine Fuqua tells the story from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to President-elect Barack Obama in CNN's short film, "From MLK to Today."

Most blacks say MLK's vision fulfilled, poll findsupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 12:29:00

More than two-thirds of African-Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for race relations has been fulfilled, a CNN poll found -- a figure up sharply from a survey in early 2008.

Obama speaks at concertupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 12:29:00

President-elect Barack Obama speaks at a free concert celebrating his upcoming inauguration.

Commentary: Struggle for MLK's dream isn't overupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 08:59:00

Today, one day before the inauguration of the first African-American president, the Martin Luther King Jr. observance hailing civil rights gains will be combined with jubilation over Barack Obama's historic achievement.

CNNMoney: Credit eases slightly on U.K. rescueupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 08:28:00

Borrowing was slightly less expensive Monday after Britain unveiled a new bank rescue plan aimed at increasing the availability of credit and boosting bank lending.

Q&A: Presidential inauguration 2009updated: Thu Jan 15 2009 15:07:00

The 2009 presidential inauguration is looking to be historic and, frankly, headache-inducing for the throngs of people descending on the nation's capital to watch Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th president.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Martin Luther King Jr.updated: Tue Jan 13 2009 22:28:00

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 19, 2009

FBI tracked King's every moveupdated: Mon Dec 29 2008 13:43:00

FBI wiretaps have "given us the most powerful and persuasive source of all for seeing how utterly selfless Martin Luther King was," as a civil rights leader, according to a leading civil rights scholar.

Newsquiz: Week of August 25updated: Thu Aug 28 2008 22:29:00

Name that noun - Answer the following questions about people, places or things from this week's news. Fill in your answers in the space provided.

Student News Learning Activity: MLK's "I Have a Dream" speechupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 20:57:00

Students will examine Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Also, they will compose written responses to Dr. King in which they compare his historic vision of racial equality in the United States to the reality of present-day life.

King children sue brother, father's estateupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 19:01:00

Two of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are suing their brother, accusing him of wrongfully taking money from their parents' estates.

First MLK grandchild bornupdated: Mon May 26 2008 09:09:00

The first grandchild of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Sunday in Atlanta.

Commentary: Church walks the walk of King's messageupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 18:04:00

"Bishop Jakes has always been a strong supporter of my father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the King family. Bishop Jakes, along with many other ministries of his ilk, all continue to convey the dream and the message of my father in the services they provide to oppressed people around the world. Some may say that the ministers of today have different techniques, but the core of the message and the goal remain the same." -- Martin Luther King III

Driving Dr. Martin Luther Kingupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 13:02:00

A white man. A black civil rights leader. Their friendship. Their work. CNN's Fredricka Whitfield sits down with Tom Houck.

MLK's driver remembers 'chasing the dream'updated: Tue Apr 08 2008 13:02:00

When people think of the 1960s civil rights movement, they think of the leaders and lieutenants ... Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Ralph Abernathy, Hosea Williams.

NYC recalls MLK, ponders Obamaupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 13:48:00

New York remembers Martin Luther King Jr. and weighs the Democratic presidential race. CNN's Richard Roth reports

CNN.com readers remember fallen civil rights leaderupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 10:11:00

Many Americans spent Monday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by recalling the civil rights icon's legacy nearly 40 years after his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Democrats on MLK Jr.updated: Mon Jan 21 2008 18:19:00

Democratic presidential candidates speak in South Carolina as Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered.

Leaders: MLK paved way for black man, woman to be presidentupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 18:19:00

At the annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service Monday in Atlanta, former President Bill Clinton spoke in broad terms about the presidential race, while a more pointed political message came from a prominent supporter of Sen. Barack Obama.

People.com: Oprah Winfrey: How Martin Luther King Changed My Lifeupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 12:23:00

Oprah Winfrey is paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a special episode of her show airing Monday. In this video clip shot in conjunction with the special, Winfrey, 53, stands on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech – and talks about the impact he had on her life.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Martin Luther King Jr. updated: Thu Jan 17 2008 16:21:00

Use the following information as a springboard for your students to discuss and research the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Devil in the details for Romneyupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 19:39:00

For Mitt Romney, the devil is in the details.

MLK streets traverse nation's past, futureupdated: Mon Feb 19 2007 11:01:00

Four decades after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the streets, avenues, boulevards and highways that bear his name remain crossroads of the nation's past and future.

Cultural pioneers: Icons and intellectualsupdated: Fri Feb 02 2007 13:38:00

Some African Americans have had a profound impact on American society, changing many people's views on race, history and politics. The following is a sampling of African Americans who have shaped society and the world with their spirit and their ideals.

CNNMoney: Bonds pull back on inflation fearsupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 08:56:00

Treasury prices pared early gains Wednesday after a key gauge of inflation at the wholesale level came in higher than expected.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Your Opinionupdated: Tue Jan 16 2007 19:49:00

CNN Student News asked viewers for their thoughts on this question: "Who embodies the vision and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today?" Here is a sampling of the responses we've received, some of which have been edited.

MLK's influence on you: Your e-mailsupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 09:13:00

Almost 40 years after his death, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision continue to provide hope and inspiration to the world.

Atlanta: City guideupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 11:08:00

See: If you fancy some offbeat Atlanta history, head to Oakland Cemetery. Amongst the leafy oak trees, camellias and magnolias is buried all of Atlanta, from princes to paupers. Look out for ornate carved monuments of the great and the good, contrasted with the unmarked indigents' graves in Potter's Field.

Coretta Scott King diesupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 07:46:00

Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday night in Baja California, Mexico, her sister told CNN.

Your e-mails: MLK's lasting influenceupdated: Mon Jan 16 2006 13:13:00

As the nation remembers the Rev. Martin Luther King on the federal holiday in his honor, CNN.com asked readers how King's legacy had influenced their own lives. Here is a selection of those responses, received by e-mail:

Martin Luther King Jr. updated: Thu Jan 12 2006 15:03:00

Use this Extra! as a springboard for your students to discuss and research the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Those we lostupdated: Wed Dec 21 2005 17:04:00

I like to look back at the end of the year and remember those we've lost, people who, for different reasons, touched and maybe changed our lives.

Money Magazine: Anybody Got a Ten-Spot?updated: Mon Dec 12 2005 16:39:00

eiled a new $10 bill this fall, the focus on currency as art was refreshing. We seized the moment by asking some of the world's foremost creative minds to show us how they would design a better bill and to explain why they'd do it differently. As we recently changed the way MONEY looks with a redesign of our own (printed on paper, of course, not 75% cotton and 25% linen, like money), the timing seemed perfect. ...

Money Magazine: Anybody Got a Ten-Spot?updated: Tue Nov 01 2005 00:01:00

Money--actual dollar bills--doesn't get much attention these days. Your paycheck magically appears in your account. You swipe your debit card, transferring unseen dollars. So when the Treasury unve...

Human rights defenders honor King with truthupdated: Fri Jan 14 2005 18:21:00

The light comes up slowly, and before you see a face, you hear a voice.

Fortune: Dallas: Where The Plots Are Thickupdated: Mon Mar 02 1998 00:01:00

If you have a spare hour between meetings at AMR and Texas Instruments, why not spend it learning about the "Professional War Machine"--the shadowy group that did in JFK, Martin Luther King Jr.--ev...

Fortune: New York's totalitarian tax, playing roulette with workers, the great pronoun war, and other matters. GREAT MOMENTS IN GLASNOSTupdated: Mon Apr 10 1989 00:01:00

MOSCOW -- Warmer superpower relations have not stopped a Soviet agency from spreading . . . charges that the FBI murdered the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and that the CIA massacred Jim Jones and 90...

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