KING: The Atlantic Honors MLK with a Commemorative Issue

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On April 4, 1968, the world lost a fierce leader with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of the 50th anniversary of King's death, The Atlantic published a commemorative issue filled with original essays and archived material examining his life and legacy.

More than 25,000 copies of the magazine have been shipped to schools across America along with a suggested curriculum that, inviting teachers to engage high school students in critical conversations at the intersection of U.S. history and social studies.

Image above: American soldiers in Long Binh, Vietnam, observe King’s birthday on January 15, 1971, 15 years before it was first observed as a federal holiday.

Excerpt: Martin Luther King Jr. on the Vietnam War

“The greatest irony and tragedy of all is that our nation, which initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world, is now cast in the mold of being an arch anti-revolutionary.”

Read the excerpt.

Image above: King casts his ballot in Atlanta in 1964, while his wife, Coretta, waits. Bettman/Getty