Monday, January 17, 2011

Letter from a Birmingham Jail: Redux

Media reviews of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tend to focus on his work for civil rights.

Reading and watching the various articles featured in the media, one could easily believe King was completely consumed by this task right up until the day of his assassination in 1968.

I assumed this was an accurate representation. But a 1995 article in FAIR tells a different story:

It's become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King's birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader."

The remarkable thing about this annual review of King's life is that several years — his last years — are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.
Read the full article here.

Last year, I wrote about observing King's birthday by reading Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

Today, I'll be reading the document again. I expect King's words will challenge me in new ways this year, as they have the last two years.

Especially now that I've read that article.

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1 comment:

  1. A very interesting article. A few summers ago we were able to visit Martin Luther King National Park in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. That was the first time I learned that MLK was in Memphis to organize a march for the Poor Peoples' Campaign. It adds an interesting and important dimension to the rest of his work.

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