Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. is considered a civil rights icon now. He has a monument in Washington, D.C., a federal holiday that we celebrate this week and is revered as a man who sought to bring a divided nation together. He is oft-quoted as the antithesis of the Black Lives Matter movement which some people consider divisive, anti-white and anti-police.
Yet in his time, King was as reviled as BLM is today. Tavis Smiley’s book Death of a King: The Real Story Of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year shares the challenges King faced when he was struggling with what area of civil rights needed his focus most as the press, the President and even other civil rights leaders were distancing themselves from him.
Even King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech has focused on the most conciliatory lines without referencing the rest of the speech, including some of his most incendiary rhetoric – the TV show black-ish notes this omission on their episode ‘Lemons’ about the reaction to the Trump victory.
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