This post was updated on January 20, and then again on January 21.
From 1961 to 1966, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an annual essay for The Nation on the state of civil rights and race relations in America. His 1965 contribution was particularly resonant. This article originally appeared in the March 15, 1965, issue. Dr. King’s words ominously ring as true today as the day they were written more than forty years ago.
“‘Let Justice roll down like waters in a mighty stream,’ said the Prophet Amos. He was seeking not consensus but the cleansing action of revolutionary change. America has made progress toward freedom, but measured against the goal the road ahead is still long and hard. This could be the worst possible moment for slowing down.“
Here are some other links to articles marking the King holiday and suggesting ways we can try to live up to, and extend, his momentous legacy. (Please use the comments field below to suggest additional resources and ideas.)
Bruce Wallace talks to Taylor Branch, King’s biographer about presidents, racial injustice, poverty and war.
Ashley Luthern looks at how King has inspired generations of non-violent protesting
Thanks to YouTube we can watch King’s “I Have a Dream” speech given on August 28, 1963 on the national mall in Washington, DC.
On his PBS show this past Friday night, Bill Moyers included a mesmerizing seven-minute segment on the relationship of his former boss, President Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King (and more broadly, the civil rights movement.) Watch it on on YouTube.