Vincent Lloyd on Martin Luther King

Amaryah alerts us that Vincent Lloyd has a great piece up for Martin Luther King Day. An excerpt:

Where are those powerful resources found? I do not think that we should turn to King’s late work to find a more “radical” leader. While such a turn has become fashionable of late, I believe it is actually the early King to whom social justice advocates ought to turn. In King’s early sermons and speeches, he spoke in a decidedly theological idiom, and he spoke from and to the black community. As his career progressed, his public voice became more secular and his audience became whiter — a trend that accelerated after his assassination, culminating in the secularized, post-racial King memorialized in Washington.

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  1. Indeed the early MLK was as inspirational as one could want. I had the luck to march with him just a couple of times and hear him speak, but all after the D.C. “I have a dream” speech. But it was the anti-Vietnam War and Poor Peoples March King that I admire most. He was despised and rejected for his criticism of Johnson’s policies. Yet time has showed him certainly to be clear-eyed. One cannot help romanticizing such a man, yet he grew more universal with time.

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