…Almost 50 years after his death, we remember MLK as the transcendent figure who helped lift the South out of Jim Crow. We also remember him as almost preternaturally calm in the face of great pressure and danger. […] He was a young man, still in his 30s—foisted onto the national stage with actors many years or decades his senior, suspect in the eyes of both younger and older civil rights leaders—and the burdens of leadership took their toll on him. […]

Since the age of 26, King had lived a mercilessly public life. He spent as much time, if not more, in airports and hotel rooms as he did at home with his wife and children. He faced relentless pressure to raise money, mediate internecine disagreements within the movement, speak before local civil rights groups and act as the national spokesman and government liaison for the black freedom movement. It was not the life that he chose. Rather, it was the life that chose him.

On his birthday, Americans celebrate King’s accomplishments and commemorate his martyrdom. It bears remembering, too, that he struggled with the role he played. And that he willingly surrendered life’s comforts—small and large—to give himself wholly to a country that didn’t, in his brief time here, fully appreciate him.

~ Joshua Zeitz, excerpts from The MLK History Forgot

Cover Source: The New Yorker by Kadir Nelson, a Los Angeles-based artist who painted this week’s The New Yorker cover, a tribute to the civil-rights leader. “My image is a celebration of Dr. King and his vision. What happened to his dream of racial and economic equality, and what is the impact of non-violent resistance over half a century later? It’s a conversation between the past, the present, and the future.”


  1. Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

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  2. …and it took this country too long to acknowledge his enormous impact. I hope with all my heart that the current divides in this country aren’t a portent of things to come…

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  3. WMS. So much discord right now….

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  4. he was one of those rare people who see and do what others don’t.

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  5. The power of the peaceful message. His voice was exceptional. I am old enough to have appreciated him in his lifetime; he spoke to my generation, and every one after. 💘

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Martin Luther King … we need you now so very badly!!

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  7. Because he of his dream we can have our dreams. His message was simple, yet, powerful and continues to resonate with us today. Happy MLK day David! And check out our post on MLK when you have a chance.

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  8. In 1964 when was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the history channel, he was the youngest to ever have received that honor up to that date. He was only 35.

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  9. So incredibly linked to the greatest president, who did not see his works fulfilled. It’s a great irony.
    It happens to all the prophets.
    It seems to me that just like Moses and Lincoln, he only got to see the Promised Land (“I may not get there with you.”), and that sometimes we are only allowed to do so much.
    Ah, Moses!
    We are only allowed to do so much.

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  10. Beautiful art!

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  11. One of the greatest men of his time … of any time, perhaps. I wish he were here today.
    Excellent post!

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    • Yes Jill. We could so use him today!

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    • And particularly love these words:

      And somewhere along the way it is necessary to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God. And without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. And so we must help time, and we must realize that the time is always ripe to do right. This is so vital, and this is so necessary.

      — Martin Luther King Jr.

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