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Martin Luther King Article in The Progressive Magazine
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This issue of The Progressive features the first of five articles by Martin Luther King Jr. that the magazine published over the next eight years as its cover story. Entitled “The Burning Truth in the South,” the article was the first of “two studies of the historic sit-down protest of Negro students.” The second article, by James R. Stokely Jr. and Wilma Dykeman Stokely, appeared in the June 1960 issue.

[MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.]. The Progressive, May 1960 (Vol. 24, No. 5). Magazine. Madison, Wisconsin. 50 pp., 8½ x 11 in.

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Though confronted in many places by hoodlums, police guns, tear gas, arrests, and jail sentences, the students tenaciously continue to sit down and demand equal service at variety store lunch counters, and extend their protests from city to city.... It is no overstatement to characterize these events as historic. Never before in the United States had so large a body of students spread a struggle over so great an area in pursuit of a goal of human dignity and freedom.... The key significance of the student movement lies in the fact that from its inception, everywhere, it has combined direct action and non-violence.... A generation of young people has come out of decades of shadows to face naked state power; it has lost its fears, and experienced the majestic dignity of a direct struggle for its own liberation. These young people have connected up with their own history – the slave revolts, the incomplete revolution of the Civil War, the brotherhood of colonial colored men in Africa and Asia. They are an integral part of the history which is reshaping the world, replacing the dying order with modern democracy.” (p. 8-9)

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This issue also includes articles that represent the range of the publication’s interests, including Sidney Hyman, “The Failure of the Eisenhower Presidency”; Lucy Carner, “The Legacy of Jane Addams”; William H. Boyer, “Last Chance for the Giant Redwoods”; and Edmund P. Murray, “Hollywood’s (Not So) Hidden Persuaders.”

The Progressive was founded in 1909 by Senator Robert M. La Follette (1855-1925), a member of Congress, governor of Wisconsin, and presidential nominee of the Progressive Party in 1924, as La Follette’s Weekly and then simply La Follette’s. In 1929, it changed to The Progressive. The magazine advocates strong pacifism, resistance to corporate power, and supports civil rights and civil liberties, gender equality, immigration rights, environmentalism, and other progressive or left-leaning causes. During the 1960s, the magazine acted as a platform for the Civil Rights Movement and featured five separate articles by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1960-1968) and an open letter by James Baldwin, entitled “My Dungeon Shook - Letter to my Nephew on the One-Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation” (December 1962). It also opposed the Vietnam War. It continues in publication today in print and digital forms.

Condition: Light edge toning and toning to internal pages; very good.

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