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This article is part two of a four-part series on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his relevance to the present (Part 1)

All King knew was struggle — from his inception into the civil rights movement, to the day he was taken from us far too early. It’s safe to say life was never easy for King. As the scope of his public dissent continued to broaden in his later years, so did the adversity he would face from friends, family, and powerful institutions. Efforts to build upon the foundation off his life’s work after his…

This post originally appeared on Chris Russo’s personal blog:

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year in the United States, right before Black History Month, we celebrate the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Mainstream media coverage usually focuses on King’s leadership in the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 60s. His relentless commitment to racial equality was second-to-none and deserves all the attention it gets every year.

However, the breadth of King’s activism for love and justice was much broader than the bounds of the U.S. borders or the plight of African Americans, for which he…

Chris Russo

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