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Oxford Marxists: Martin Luther King and the black struggle



On 4th April 1968, Martin Luther King Jnr. was assassinated - shot in cold blood whilst standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee.

MLK was killed because of the danger his ideas posed to the establishment. Like other radical leaders of the black movement - such as Malcolm X and Fred Hampton - he was beginning to draw revolutionary conclusions, making the explicit link between racial oppression and capitalist exploitation.

50 years on, his life and ideas provide valuable lessons in the fight for equality today.

Join the Oxford Marxist society as we celebrate Black History Month by discussing the history of the Civil Rights movement and the continuing struggle against racism and oppression.