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We are committed to eliminating racial injustice and socioeconomic inequality

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism is a different kind of newsroom. Our nonprofit news outlet in Memphis focuses on the intersection of poverty, power and policy. We examine the systems that make it hard for workers to make ends meet and interrogate those who profit from the status quo.

We launched on April 4, 2017, as a one-year project to reckon with what Memphis and America had done with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sacrifice. We have evolved into an award-winning nonprofit digital news site. MLK50 and its journalists continue to garner recognition for work that makes a meaningful, tangible difference in people’s lives.

We are – as Dr. King was – committed to economic justice both in our journalism and in our employment practices. We’re aligned with the people he would have been aligned with had he not been assassinated more then 50 years ago.

MLK50 is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and follows that organization’s ethics policies. We are also a member of Local Independent Online News publishers.


As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Donors giving $100,000+

American Journalism Project

Racial Equity in Journalism at Borealis Philanthropy

Emerson Collective

Surdna Foundation

To see a full list of all donors giving over $5,000 or more, click here.