MLK Jr. I Have Some Memories

Posted January 17th, 2011 by Iron Mike

28 August 1963

The very word he used in this speech ‘Negro‘ is no longer acceptable.  He left his mark on America.

I remember the life and times of Doctor King.  They were ugly and turbulent; – a war in Vietnam, strife in the Levant, a sexual revolution taking place on America’s campuses, a drug revolution moving from America’s ghettos to our affluent white suburbs and into our colleges and high schools, a growing hippie / anti-war movement, and a highly charged violence-tinged civil rights movement here.

It’s too easy to over-simplify, and I won’t try.  The 60’s were a time of revolution here, although few then wanted to call it that.  In his day there were probably more whites vilifying King than there were black and whites combined who were following him.  Revolutions are always the act of a minority in the beginning.

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King was not the perfect man.  There were rumors and scandals then, and they persist.  But in the sweep of time, they’ve become insignificant.  In both life, and in death, he moved a nation in a direction it was reluctant to go in 1963.

And while some might claim that having a black man as our president is a tribute to the struggles of Doctor King,  I’m pretty sure King would be the first to say not to judge Obama by the color of his skin, but rather by the content of his character, and the character of his deeds.

   /s/  Iron Mike
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As the shock of MLK’s assassination sunk in across the land, over 100 cities and towns errupted in rioting – hundreds were killed.  Some say that Washington DC never recovered from the burning of dozens of city blocks.  In several cities it took National Guard and active Army units to halt it.

There was despair that King’s message of non-violence had been forgotten.

But then in May came the People’s March on Washington, out of the Deep South, largely by mule train.  They encamped all summer on the National Mall.

The assassination of the second Kennedy brother – Presidential candidate Bobby – on June 6th made people realize that the issues we were facing were far bigger than just black vs white.

2 Responses to “MLK Jr. I Have Some Memories”

  1. Perplexed Senior

    I have read that Dr. King was a Republican, the party that freed the slaves, but history has been revised to fit the liberal template. There are writings today that state that he was a Democrat. The question is where would Dr. King stand today? Would he stand with the pro-abortion left that is decimatting the black population? Would he stand with the “Justice Brothers”, Al and Jessie who take every opportunity to use the race card and exploit the “entitlement of the blacks? Or, would he stand with Congressman Allen West? I guess we will never know the answer.

  2. MC

    I feel Dr. King would most likely stand with Congressman West. He would be enraged to see what has happened to those folks who have become enslaved by government entitlements for several generations. Perplexed, you are so right — we will never know.