The tradition took on greater urgency amid the growing debate over police tactics in minority communities.
An interfaith event was disrupted by demonstrators angry over recent police violence against unarmed black men.
Protesters in St. Louis prepare to march on M.L. King Jr. Day
The protesters actually have an array of issues on the table; critics say that dilutes their message.
The media icon and “Selma” producer comes under fire for suggesting the civil rights marches of the 1960s were more purposeful than the protests sweeping the nation today.
Some critics blame the civil rights leader for using rhetoric that they say fostered an anti-police environment.
A Richmond appeals court panel on Monday rejected a North Carolina law requiring that women seeking abortions first undergo ultrasounds, with the fetal image displayed and described to them by a doctor.
The Obama administration concludes that the law barring bias on the basis of sex also applies to gender identity.
Conservatives say gains made by gays are infringing on rights of those who oppose same-sex marriage.
However, some younger protesters, disenchanted with old guard activists, are participating in separate event.