Dr. King: A Life in Photos

In his last months, Martin Luther King saw poverty as the next struggle
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2010 1:02 PM CST
Dr. King: A Life in Photos
1964: American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968).   (Getty Images)

The Root takes the occasion of Martin Luther King Day to observe that Dr. King's focus in the last months of his life was an effort to broaden and convert the civil rights struggle into a campaign to end poverty among all Americans, not just those suffering racial discrimination. It was a risky and unpopular move for the minister, and one with particular resonance 43 years later, with an African-American president in the White House, but 16% of African Americans unemployed. For more photos of Dr. King, click here. (Read more Martin Luther King Jr. stories.)

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