Born OTD in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. MLK was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement. MLK was arrested and jailed early in the campaign – his 13th arrest out of 29. From his cell, he composed the now-famous Letter from Birmingham Jail that responds to calls on the movement to pursue legal channels for social change.

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not … More

Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. In these newly collected essays, interviews and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous … More

A lifetime of activist experience informs this playbook for building and conducting nonviolent direct action campaigns Beginning as a trainer in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, George Lakey has been on the front lines of social change for decades. Now, in this timely and down-to-earth guide, he passes the torch to a new generation of activists hitting the streets.

He looks to successful campaigns across the world to help us see what has worked and what hasn’t: from choosing the right … More