Coverage of MLKs

From time to time, this site will include links to coverage of MLKs, as appropriate. The hope is that this site will also include original coverage and writing and interviews and essays. If you have an interest in getting involved, write to walker AT robwalker DOT net.

Here’s a brief roundup of some of the previous coverage that I’m aware of.

The blog MLK In Motion documents changes on the MLK in Portland, OR.

A book called Along Martin Luther King was published a few years ago. It grew out of a series by Newhouse News. Here is a link to an article about the writer and photographer; it includes links to the installments of their original newspaper series, published in 2002.

Here is a link to an April 3, 2005 San Francisco Chronicle article about MLKs by Keli Dailey, who photographed on many MLKs in 2004 and 2005. Here is a link to a related multimedia piece featuring Dailey’s images.

Here is a link to a 1998 Seattle Times series about MLK streets and boulevards and avenues in Seattle; Little Rock; Selma; Albequerque; Phoenix; and Denver.

Here is a link to a 2007 CNN feature on MLKs. Here is a long thread on Fark.com, in which people offer a variety of reactions to the CNN feature.

In 2003, the Times Discovery Channel aired a documentary called MLK Boulevard, which I have seen, but which I can’t find a good link for.

2 responses to “Coverage of MLKs

  1. Happy Martin Luther King Day,

    The MLK BLVD project is mentioned in a radio special airing across the country now – The Promised Land: Different Takes on the Legacy of Martin Luther King.

    You can hear The Promised Land special on our Web site, thepromisedland.org. The program will be aired on over 180 stations across the country, and we are working on getting a carriage list up on the Web site.

    Listen, and please tell your friends, families, and fans to listen, too. If you have any comments or thoughts about the special, you’re welcome to share them with me at ask@thepromisedland.org

    Thank you again for your site and your work, and enjoy the day

  2. mel cragwell, II

    Great site. I am in the middle of watching the MLK BLVD docu that you refer to. It is conveniently playing via On Demand [free] of which it is a very enlightening story.

    I’m now living in Chicago where the first MLK Blvd was named [along the former South Park Way] and thoroughfare that I traverse every so often.

    Again, this is a great forum for documenting the history of MLK thoroughfares [or facsimiles thereof]. According the docu there are over 500 instances of MLK streets, etc. It would be great to get them all on there.

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