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Former US president Barack Obama delivers a speech in Kenya ahead of his visit to South Africa. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Obama and active citizenship: why his Mandela address matters

Barack Obama is delivering the Nelson Mandela lecture in a changing world dominated by the often outrageous utterances of his successor, US President Donald Trump.
Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream – which alternated between shattered and hopeful – can be traced back to Hughes’ poetry. AP Photo

Langston Hughes’ hidden influence on MLK

In order to avoid being labeled a communist sympathizer, King needed to publicly distance himself from the controversial poet. Privately, King found ways to channel Hughes' prose.
In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo, File)

If I can dream: The Elvis tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty years ago Elvis Presley sang a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr: "If I Can Dream." English professor Robert Morrison goes back to that moment and looks at the lyrics written in honour of MLK.
An April 30, 1966 file photo of King Jr. addressing a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, AP Photo/JT, File

What shaped King’s prophetic vision?

Martin Luther King Jr. used a prophetic voice in his preaching -- a hopeful voice that addressed human tragedy. But it was the black clerics who came before him, who helped King develop that voice.
An image of Martin Luther King is projected onto the court ahead of a basketball game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. EPA/Erik Lesser

Why Martin Luther King’s anti-racism crusade needs to be renewed

Martin Luther King's legacy must be contextualised within a larger global struggle against racism and hatred. Africans should revisit the values he espoused and continue with the anti-racism crusade.
Who is responsible for today’s campus troubles? Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream: the role for higher education

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, five educators reflect on recent campus protests and describe concrete actions universities can take to bring opportunity to all.

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