DR. Martin Luther King, JR., KING OF THE WORLD

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., arguably the most vilified, radicalized and horrifying black man in America during the 1960s was married to Coretta King and was a black father, theological scholar, former President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, (SCLC), President of the Montgomery, Alabama Improvement Association, an internationally known American Clergyman, Baptist pastor, author, ecclesiastical and Civil Rights icon. King was a Nobel Laureate, drum major for social justice and Civil Rights worldwide. Due to the courage of his convictions and revolutionary spirit King was an unquenchable catalyst for social change who sought radical social change at home in America and abroad. He eloquently spoke out against the triple isms of racism in America, militarism in Vietnam and American capitalism spreading its wings across the world by any means necessary.

“There is something wrong with the economic system in this country… Something is wrong with capitalism.”

“The problems we are dealing with are not going to be solved until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power.”

“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and racism.”

“All I have been doing in trying to correct this system in America has been in vain. The whole [system] will have to be done away with.”

As a Mahatma Gandhi civil disobedience disciple, King led sit-ins and protest marches against segregation and the dehumanization of people of color and called for equal rights and a living wage for all people.

As an outspoken and  controversial cleric, King was blacklisted by government and not welcome to conservative black and white pulpits, jailed for social justice, abandoned in a Birmingham jail by silent southern white clergy, faced bloody beatings, the bombing of his home, was nearly stabbed to death by a black woman named Izola Ware Curry and died some say at the hands of government but accused a white assassins bullet at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee located 450 Mulberry Street which has been transformed into a National Civil Rights Museum.  Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and personal friend/attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of assassination/wrongful death. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King. The King Center fully documents the case, with full trial transcript (to more fully explain the following summary of evidence, here is the best article I’ve found).

Though reviled as dangerous in life and routinely spied on by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.  See story The FBI's secret memos show an agency obsessed with "neutraliz(ing)" MLK by Jen Christensen, CNN, Updated 7:20 PM ET, Fri November 14, 2014. Even so, King is internationally celebrated in death as an oratorical emperor, critical thinker, progressive, pacifist, Christian martyr, drum major for social justice and Civil Rights icon. As we celebrate his birthday on Monday, let us salute and celebrate King as a servant of God, champion of the church, and soldier of social justice. King was a close confidant of the late President John F. Kennedy and US Attorney General Robert (Bobby) Kennedy. Following the assassinations of President Kennedy, US Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Dr. King, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Bill assuring the Civil Rights of African Americans who were historically discriminated against in every department of American life.  There is a King US Monument on the National Mall in Washington D.C, and the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia archives Dr. King's speeches and heralds his works. In addition, streets and boulevards around the world have been named in Dr. King's honor.  

Happy Birthday Dr. King! 

Peace to his ashes and rest to his spirit. 

Dr. A. Carl Prince 

     

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