Latest Martin Luther King Jr. News

And the Grammy nomination goes to...

Nov. 15, 2019 7:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — L may typically stand for “loser” but artists like Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X and Lewis Capaldi are likely to score big next week when the Grammy nominations are unveiled, with expected nods in key categories, from album of the year to record and song of the year. The...

Kansas City mayor seeks ideas from public to honor King

Nov. 13, 2019 11:52 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is asking people interested in honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to submit ideas to the city’s parks board within 90 days. Lucas’ announcement on Tuesday comes a week after voters chose to restore The Paseo name to a boulevard...

Schools to offer courses with African-American, Latino focus

Nov. 12, 2019 10:24 AM EST

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — School districts are planning to implement a law passed this year mandating schools statewide offer African-American, Latino and Puerto Rican-focused courses. Waterbury is ahead of surrounding districts, as the city has already had a variety of similar courses both inside the...

Cleaver criticizes church action during King street campaign

Nov. 11, 2019 5:18 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri is criticizing the tactics of a group that led a successful campaign to remove Martin Luther King's name from a Kansas City street. During an appearance Sunday on MSNBC's "PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton," Cleaver was particularly upset that...

Author makes readers care about boys about to become men

Nov. 11, 2019 4:08 PM EST

"Nothing More Dangerous," Mulholland, by Allen Eskens Nothing is more dangerous, says one character quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., than "sheer ignorance." That danger can be extended to hatred, bigotry, uncontrolled anger and family ties as Allen Eskens' sixth novel poignantly shows. "Nothing More...

MLK daughter slams Comcast over racial discrimination suit

Nov. 9, 2019 8:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has sent a letter to Comcast executives in which she accuses the company of trying to "dismantle" a law barring racial discrimination. The letter released Saturday from the Rev. Bernice King addresses a $20 billion lawsuit from comedian and media...

People of color make gains in mayoral races across the US

Nov. 7, 2019 1:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during World War II. From Arizona to Massachusetts, the gains...

Removing King's name in Kansas City opens wounds, discussion

Nov. 6, 2019 8:39 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City leaders and residents on Wednesday began what is likely to be a challenging conversation about how to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recover from wounds inflicted during a nearly yearlong debate over naming a street for the civil rights icon in the majority white...

Mayor: Roxbury residents support 'Nubian Square' name change

Nov. 6, 2019 6:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An effort to rename the square in a historically black Boston neighborhood to Nubian Square isn't dead, despite the failure of a citywide referendum. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday that voters in the Roxbury neighborhood, where the name change is being proposed, overwhelmingly...

Kansas City votes to remove King's name from historic street

Nov. 6, 2019 12:42 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King's name from one of the city's most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon. Unofficial results showed the proposal to...