MLK: More than just a dream
On Jan. 20, America celebrated the life of a truly great man: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Across the nation, large groups joined together in parades, ceremonies and speeches in remembrance of the great leadership he exhibited for the cause of civil rights.
There is no doubt of King’s contributions to the African-American community of America, but there is, as King stated, either “sincere ignorance or conscientious stupidity” on the part of Caucasian Americans about his contributions to the struggles of all Americans.
In probably one of the greatest speeches for justice of all time, King asked to be “judged by the content of his character.”
Is that not the hope of all men? To be judged by the depth of their actions and not the shallowness of such things as skin color or social class?
King yearned for nothing more than the rights afforded to him by the founding documents of this nation.
After the passage of the Civil Rights act of 1964, King still fought for equality, like during the march in Memphis that claimed his life, but he also fought for liberty and justice for all people.
King felt, and rightfully so, that Vietnam was a horrible injustice.
He considered the Vietnam War to be “one of history’s most cruel and senseless wars.” He recognized the war in Vietnam as one of capitalistic exploitation in Asia, which was quite prophetic.
Even today, people rally against the exploitation of cheap labor in Asia as a major economic and employment problem in today’s America.
During his more than 10 years of fighting oppression in the South, King noticed African-Americans were not the only people suffering in America.
He considered the large amounts of spending on defense over the plight of the poor as one of the greatest atrocities facing America.
In 1968, King formed the “Poor Peoples Campaign” as a means to combat the growing disparity in income equality in America.
This issue transcended race and was a battle to help all Americans who were struggling.
At the time of his death, King was planning another march on Washington to expose the injustices suffered by the poor.
King was not just an African-American leader, but a truly great American leader.
His non-violent approach at changing the political climate has been lost in today’s American society.
In a time of constant protest and riots, of capitalistic and governmental oppression, America desperately needs a man of King’s character; a man not blinded by race, but driven by the need for justice and equality of conditions for all men.
King should be remembered as a great American leader for all.
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