MLK’s words just as relevant today

01/19/2015

Dr. King's deep political analysis may have the most relevance for us today.

Opening arguments begin today in a federal lawsuit brought by the SPLC on behalf of guest workers from India who were lured to a Mississippi shipyard by false promises of permanent U.S. residency only to find themselves forced into servitude and living under guard in an overcrowded, unsanitary labor camp.

A group of white teens made a sport of cruising the streets of Jackson, Mississippi, hunting for African Americans to attack. One shouted “white power” during the brutal assault that killed James C. Anderson in 2011.

College students are using a new initiative – SPLC on Campus – to raise awareness about social justice issues and become agents of change within their communities. 

The incoming majority whip in the U.S. House says he didn’t know the views of a racist group founded by neo-Nazi David Duke when he spoke to it in 2002. But as the SPLC’s Mark Potok writes, his claim is impossible to believe. Scalise was a state representative and an aspiring national politician at the time, and EURO was well known as a hate group led by America’s most famous white supremacist.

The rise in the rate of incarceration in the United States over the past 40 years is unprecedented in world history. Here are facts you need to know about this mass incarceration crisis and its vast racial disparities.

The SPLC has reached a settlement with state and local education officials to help New Orleans children with disabilities. 

Teens in Florida respond to an SPLC writing contest with powerful words about why children should not be prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system.

An SPLC lawyer in Mississippi recounts her experience helping two prisoners whose draconian sentences for nonviolent offenses illustrate the injustices of the U.S. prison system, the world’s largest.