• Martin Luther King anniversary: the US Civil Rights Trail

    1 month ago - By The Guardian

    Half a century on from the assassination of Martin Luther King, novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez takes a moving trip on the newly opened trail, from the great man's birthplace to the site of his death in Memphis If you want to understand America, you must do the US Civil Rights Trail. A deep journey through the conscience of a nation, the sites commemorating the 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights movement reveal a country trying to reconcile its founding principles with its racial inequities. This period marked the most significant division the nation had faced since its civil war. Throughout the...
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  • Civil rights road trip - music playlist

    1 month ago - By The Guardian

    The hopes and suffering of the civil rights era coincided with and helped inspire a golden age of American music. The message is loud and proud on these soul, jazz and gospel classics 50 years on from the death of Martin Luther King: civil rights road trip Mixing one of the greatest speeches in history with a Chicago house track might sound like a bad idea but the result is spectacular, heightening the power of both the music and - as if it were needed - the great man's message.
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