The King cover-up | SocialistWorker.org

THERE HAS been a concerted attempt to use Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to obscure his role as one of the great revolutionaries of the 20th century America. If King dreamed that “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” he knew better than most that the dream would never be realized without an immense popular revolt.The New York Times commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with an op-ed article on the speech that portrayed King’s story, ending with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Critical chapters of King’s life that followed–the Poor People’s Campaign, marching in Chicago against housing and education discrimination, opposition to the Vietnam War, the sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tenn., where he was killed–were all erased from his history.More than many of his contemporaries, King relied on mobilizing thousands, tens of thousands and ultimately hundreds of thousands of people to win change. The NAACP was actively opposed to mass action, choosing to rely almost entirely on legal challenges to segregation and discrimination. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC and the Congress of Racial Equality CORE tended to concentrate on organizing fewer people in the most oppressed, and often very isolated, rural communities. Malcolm X, however sweeping and insightful his indictment of U.S. society, was never able to organize numbers of people on the scale that King did.

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