As the U.S. observes the birthday of American Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., I find myself reflecting on protests I covered in recent years.
In May and June 2020, when the nation was awash in protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd, I trawled the streets of Washington, D.C., to report. I thought of King often. I wondered then what he would say if he were alive. I imagined the cause of the protests would pain him deeply, of course. But much of the response in the streets of the nation’s capital, I imagined, was something he may have been quite moved by and proud of.
Often, when interviewing protesters that summer, it felt as if an invisible thread connected them to King backward nearly 60 years.