Martin Luther King’s unfinished dream: the historians’ view

Has the world been too eager to sanctify Martin Luther King Jr? Did establishment figures want him dead? And what is his legacy? More than 50 years on from his death on 4 April 1968, five historians tackle the most pressing questions on the great civil rights activist known for his 'I have a dream' speech...

Martin Luther King waves to supporters on the Mall in Washington DC during the March on Washington, 28 August 1963. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2018 issue of BBC History Magazine

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