Thursday, April 03, 2008

Half Remembering Dr. King

Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. As we all reflect on Dr. King's legacy, it is sure that one part of the man will be celebrated. That's the sanitized, historical King. What is too often glossed over is the subversive, prophetic King.

I ask you to read two things. First, a column by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker. Second, a speech Dr. King made one year to the day before his assassination. As "I Have a Dream" stirs the soul, this speech gnaws at the conscience. Now more than ever.

It's important to remember the life of this amazing man. But it's even more important to remember the whole man and his whole life. To do otherwise is to allow enemies of Dr. King's vision of humanity to rob that vision of its true power.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog post

Anonymous said...

Thank you for remembering, and for remarking. And thank you for posting the link to that prophetic speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. 41 years ago.

We did not heed and act sufficiently then and in ensuing years, and the penalty for that inaction continues to be exacted. When will we ever learn?