The Last Years Of A King

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King lived and died by these principles. In Dr. King's later years, he came out against the Viet Nam war. Long before Reverend Wright made his statements, Dr. King called the United State the biggest purveyor of violence on the planet, and warned that a moral judgment was coming if the country did not change.  When he did that, Dr. King sat himself on the road to being marginalized.  Once he came out against the war, the Johnson white house no longer felt obliged to take his phone calls or invite him to signings of civil rights legislation.  Furthermore, he stance on the war caused him to be criticized by many black leaders at the time, and funding sources began to dry up.  45 years later, he has a holiday and is a national hero.  History has erased the from it'd annals the days that the country, not just Southern white racist, turned their collectives backs on him. Dr. King did not see his mission as one of ingratiating himself and going to nice dinners, but a mission of bringing about justice.

Furthermore, the right wing historians have tried to make Dr. King a raging conservative.  They takes his words out of context to fit them into their agenda.  But Dr. King's actions are clear.  He died on his way to help the sanitation workers of Memphis Tennessee fight for a living wage and dignity on the job.  In imitation of the Jesus he preached, Dr. King side was the side of the oppressed, the outcast, and the voiceless.   He was organizing a campaign of social justice for poor people.   These are things that the modern conservative movement stands against.  It is my hope that Dr. King is not another victim of the poor teaching of history in this country.  My hope is that his life and his works will be studied in their totality.
holloway64 holloway64
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1 Response Jan 21, 2013

Dr. King is one of our greatest national heroes. Thank you for writing this story, it is important to keep him in our memories. Not just for "I have a dream", which is all most people seem to remember. There is so much more that needs to be known, his views on many, many, things are still relevant.