It never ceases to amaze me how the national memory of Dr. King seems to end on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  In the four and a half years the followed, King had found a shared vision with Malcolm X, initiated the Poor People’s Campaign and had become a vocal, passionate critic of the Vietnam War and U.S. militarism.  In his speech delivered one year to the day before his killing, King called the U.S. government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”.   He also lamented that his fellow citizens loved it when he preached non-violence here at home but hated it when he preached non-violence in Vietnam.  Let’s remember the whole man, not just the part that makes us feel good.

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