Email Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those voices include Gen. Kamala Harristhe second black female senator in U.
But, as scholars at UC Santa Barbara point out, to distinguish him by those words alone is to exclude his work as a human rights activist on a global scale and to overlook some of his greatest accomplishments. King was and how he is remembered may be the widest in history.
King would be to constantly quote one sentence of his and leave out the other 39 years of his thinking and acting, talking and preaching? King who, that same summer oftook his crusade to the streets and suburbs of Chicago where he argued that fair housing — desegregating American neighborhoods — was the most important call of the civil rights movement, Lipsitz went on.
And we forget that he was met with bricks and bottles.
King was condemned even by many of his former allies for stirring up a neighborhood rather than extending justice to a people who had been unfairly kept out of housing they could afford to rent or buy.
He was a prophetic voice who thought that on issues of the economy, education and war and peace, the country was headed in the wrong direction.
He was a gifted strategist who motivated people to fight injustice. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela, for example — almost transcend reality and are reinterpreted over time, and King is no exception. If people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, they argue, then affirmative action is a form of discrimination because it is, after all, based on skin color.
The civil rights movement was a completion and fulfillment of some of the impulses that came out of the New Deal, the labor movement and a multicultural labor movement. The revised vision is that it was about a much more radical set of demands that pushed toward economic rights as well as political and civil rights.
Historians argue that this more radical take on the world was not new to King, but demonstrated his willingness — his need — to voice his opposition to issues such as the Vietnam War. In terms of strategizing where the movement should go, he became increasingly more willing to speak out in a very forthright way, and earlier than a lot of other people, to say we cannot support this war; it is completely unjust in terms of everything the civil rights movement stands for.
It was bringing out and cultivating elements of his thought that had been there all along. He was looking for an America where love had real meaning and was not just a slogan.
Supported by the Southern Christian Leadership Congress, the movement demanded economic and human rights for poor Americans of all races.
The strike was part of a militant labor movement at the time, and showed King increasingly redefining the civil rights movement as one for economic justice. It included whites, blacks, Chicanos and Latinos and Native Americans.
That was the plan. But King was assassinated even as serious organizing was just getting underway. It was an impressive turnout of people.
As they approached Washington, they staged a very theatrical approach and literally arrived on the Mall in something resembling a mule train.
Some write about it as a disaster, some claim it had limited gains, and some write about it as a sign of the dissipation of the movement. He really did understand what needs to be done, and we just need to keep listening to him.
But, really, what matters most is not how we feel about the path that is ahead of us, but what we do in response to it.I Dream, I Dream Of a new kind of equality Where the people are treated with dignity I Dream of Peace I Dream, I Dream Of God's love flowing like a mighty stream.
I Dream, I Dream Of a new kind of equality Where the people are treated with dignity I Dream of Peace I Dream, I Dream Of God's love flowing like a mighty stream, And the people are holding hands as they sing, And all are .
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Americans have been dreaming since the Mayflower arrived in the New World and the American Dream itself has withstood threats up until this very day to all of its internal characteristics: international peace, health, leadership, wealth, supremacy, and equality. Jan 18, · Take some time today to think about your dream for the world and leave a comment.
“My dream is to have people take care of people If we want to make this a place for our kids to be raised. A Dream of Equality and Justice.
When Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August and uttered the words “I have a dream,” he spoke to a nation mired in bitter struggles over civil rights and social and economic injustice. “The world we live in now is the world created by Martin Luther King, and.