Martin Luther King

Rowland Scherman; restored by Adam Cuerden - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46527326

Ernest Withers is considered one of the great documentary photographers of the civil rights movement.

He was a confidant of Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers and James Meredith. His photos of pivotal events in the movement -- the Montgomery Bus boycott, the Memphis sanitation workers' strike, the murder of Emmett Till  -- can rightly be called iconic. There is a museum in Withers' home town of Memphis dedicated to his work.

But Withers had a secret: he was an FBI informant, and those iconic photos were often used by the Bureau to identify civil rights activists.

Memphis-based investigative journalist Marc Perrusqia has written an expose of Withers' double life, A Spy In Canaan

A special edition of our "Curious" segment is geared to the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. 

University of Oregon associate professor Curtis Austin has researched the civil rights and black power movements extensively. 

He tracks the rise of the movements and the responses to them... from the public, the government, and police, among others. 

Dr. Austin visits with some insights into the history of the struggle for equality in America. 

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2018 is a milestone, and not a happy one, in remembering the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was 50 years ago that an assassin's bullet killed the civil rights leader in Memphis. 

But Monday January 15th is not for mourning, it is for celebrating the birthday and life of Dr. King. 

Ashland hosts one of the larger celebrations, often playing to overflow crowds. 

Cassie Fetty is the director and curator of the event, one of several planned for the region. 

MLK Day And Creating With "Universes"

Jan 11, 2016
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The major Martin Luther King Day celebration in Ashland features a collective keynote speaker: "Universes," the innovative resident theater company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

The group amazed audiences with the 60s-revolution retrospective "Party People" a few years ago, and stuck around to create more work that goes beyond simple entertainment. 

And they work in so many genres: theater, poetry, jazz, and hip-hop at the top of the list. 

MLK And The Voting Rights Act Remembered

Jan 8, 2015
Ashland MLK organizers

Expect this year's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday to provoke a lively discussion of race and equality in America. 

The months since the last celebration featured police killings of unarmed black men, protest marches in the streets, and more. 

The celebration of MLK day in Ashland (January 19) will include a commemoration of the passage of the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago. 

MLK Day Observances Take Shape

Jan 17, 2014
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Calling all MLK events: Martin Luther King, Jr. will be remembered across the nation on Monday, the day his birthday is observed as a holiday. 

Organizations in Ashland have thrown themselves into the MLK event whole-heartedly for years now.