Not many civilian heroes anymore

So, let's celebrate the ones we have

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By George Miller

Here’s a real one- Dr. Martin Luther King

MLK on AH

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But, he did a lot more than just make speeches. King was a leader who worked with anyone who would work with him for civil rights, specifically for parity of rights of ethnic minorities, specifically focusing on blacks. He did all of this peacefully. He had to brave rejection, scorn, threats and physical danger the whole time and was ultimately assassinated on April 4, 1968, in a tumultuous year all around, with assassinations, protests, war and conflicts.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his

(PHOTO: THE U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES)

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963.

Full text of speech HERE since video may be playing rather slowly on his holiday, Monday, January 20.

3 Responses to Not many civilian heroes anymore

  1. B. Reilly January 23, 2014 at 4:30 am

    “….a leader who worked with anyone…..” I assume that would include his known associations with Communists according to the F.B.I.

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  2. Stefan Djordjevic January 20, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Well, my understanding is that he was the force behind the “Poor People’s Campaign.” That was a sort of socialist “occupy” movement to call for guaranteed income, full employment and housing, etc. for “the poor.”

    He was of course famously adulterous. Apparently his name was “Mike,” but his dad changed it to reflect Martin Luther. Luther was a vicious and savage anti-Semite, whose ideas probably helped lead to the Holocaust, but that’s not Mike’s fault.

    I once took a cross country trip. Every time I got off the highway in a new town or city, people warned me not to go into “such and such neighborhood,” because of the unspeakable violence. King the pacificst would surely be sad about that.

    Add that to 70% of babies born out of wedlock in those same neighborhoods, and I’m thinking that Martin’s followers were doing better socially in some ways before he helped changed things. It’s ironic.

    He also opposed our effort to fight the brutal murderers of at least 50 million people, the Communists overseas.

    He was heavily critical of Capitalism.

    But his general call for seeing humans as divine souls was a good thing, and our system only works, as the forefathers warned us, if we practice it within a Judeo-Christian framework. For that he should be praised.

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