Martin Luther King and the black struggle

Date: Saturday 26th October
Time: 10:30 - 12:15
Location: Student Central, Upper Hall
Speaker: Fred Weston

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, 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. Fred Weston, editor of, discusses the history of the Civil Rights movement and the continuing struggle against racism and oppression.

Recommended reading: The assassination of Martin Luther King

Recommended listening: Marxism and the black struggle