One commitment is to resist the whitewashing of Martin Luther King Jr. as a passive radical. So here, I offer some readings, varied and important, but pathways to honoring the radical MLK and to resisting the lingering dream deferred.
…and many thoughtful articles and blog posts
- Paul Thomas' MLK Day Reader
- So many posts on Richard Moser's MLK inspired social movement strategies blog, Be Freedom. Today's post is "How Would Martin Luther King Vote in 2016?
- "Read this before co-opting Martin Luther King" by Jose Vilson
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and What Their Secret Friendship Teaches Us Today | The Nation (by David Zirin)
Carry the richness of social justice stories, ideas, strategies, quotes, images etc. forward locally, nationally and globally. As David Zirin writes
It took a bullet on April 4, 1968, to end this fellowship between Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr. For both men, it required losing the power of speech, whether in death or as a result of Parkinson’s disease, to be embraced by the country as a whole.
At a time when a new movement is finding its feet to stand against police violence and stand for the deceptively simple request for people to see that #BlackLivesMatter, we would do well to remember the hatred endured by both these men in the name of delivering truth.
At a time when this movement is attempting to forge connections with oppressed people across the globe, from Ferguson to Gaza, and trying to figure out how to deal with a frustrating president in the Oval Office as well as a class of civil-rights leaders reluctant to give up the microphone, it is worth remembering how much hate King and Ali proudly invited upon themselves.
Their only moral compass was one that pointed toward standing with the powerless against the powerful. That was the basis of their friendship. That should be basis of our own solidarity as we move forward today.