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A mostly forgotten aspect of Martin Luther King’s legacy

On this 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., I’m moved to raise a subject I addressed here a few years ago, a subject that’s rarely, if ever, mentioned in classroom lessons about the man.

Such lessons invariably focus on King’s status as the greatest of America’s civil rights leaders, and rightly so. But there’s another aspect of the King legacy that’s been largely obscured, despite the courage it represented — his opposition to the war in Vietnam.

In speaking out against the war, King alienated various other civil rights leaders as well as many ordinary folks who had previously sympathized with the general thrust of the movement he led. But he refused to remain silent.

The following is part of a sermon King delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on April 30, 1967:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/FfGsVvnvA9w[/youtube]

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  1. Robert

    Where are the current great speakers and motivators like MLK and others from that era, today? I can’t think of one other than the current POTUSA and his wife. What’s happened to the greatness of our country and the people it produced. I think this scene from The Newsroom says it all about where our country is today. As he says, “we were informed by great men, men who were revered. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it…”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKklog0T9a4

    This scene makes me sad because its true.

  2. Robert

    How did we as a nation come to celebrate voting against our own best interest. This is just one case in point and uses a favorite here on this blog, Rick Santorum, as the example. But it applies to many current issues.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10uIpFWdFwY

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