Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The 40th Anniversary of MLK's Assassination Is Approaching

So try, by the end of this week, to read Michael Eric Dyson's essay "The Burdens of Martyrdom" in last week's Time. Dyson argues that, in the decades since King's death, we have softened his message (overlooking his opposition to the Vietnam War and the Poor People's Campaign he was working on when he was killed), and we have made King a saint, overlooking the flaws that made him human.

See also: Happy MLK Day!


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