The Radicalism of Martin Luther King Jr. and W. E. B. Du Bois

BY:Communist Party USA| February 14, 2018
The Radicalism of Martin Luther King Jr. and W. E. B. Du Bois


W. E. B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King Jr are two 20th-century giants in both the struggle for African American equality and the liberation of oppressed people worldwide. The two freedom fighters linked the struggle for civil rights with the battle for labor rights and joined both with the fight for peace.

At the beginning of the 20th century Du Bois famously said, “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” A few years later the scholar and activist helped found the NAACP and the Pan African Congresses championing an internationalist understanding of humanity’s problems.  Dr. King, after having led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, took a strong stance against the Vietnam War declaring that the “bombs dropped on Vietnam explode at home.”

In this webinar, historian Edward Carson explores the deepening of the ideological vision of both men and their path towards consistent working-class and advanced democratic positions.





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