In his lifetime, Martin Luther King Jr. was a hated and feared radical, with reason. Many of those who honor him today today were, or would have been, violently against him had he lived.
J. Edgar Hoover regarded him as a dangerous Communist, much as Hoover’s successors regard the #BlackLivesMatter movement today.
He is remembered today by many as a nice man who thought that people should be judged as individuals and not by race, and that black people should not engage in violent protest. He is honored by the kind of people whom he fought in his lifetime.
What’s forgotten is his call for radical social and political change, his advocacy of labor rights and his unconditional opposition to war.
He advocated economic justice as well as civil rights. and spoke almost as often in union halls as in churches. His “I Have a Dream” speech was given…
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