Reclaiming King

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The "I Have a Dream" speech has become a clichA©. It’s played every Martin Luther King Day and perhaps again during our so-called "Black History Month." With each passing year it feels more distant to me, more quaint. Its power has always been its simplicity and clarity, but its unassailable message has turned the man who delivered it into more of a myth than a human being made of flesh and blood.

I have vivid memories from my childhood of watching the famous speech in class and hearing an obnoxious white classmate of mine mock King’s dramatic tones and rhetoric while other white students chuckled uncomfortably. Aside from wanting to strangle this kid, in part because I was so fascinated with King, I also felt far removed from the black and white images on the screen and from the dire times during which he and his supporters lived. Even his name — the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., intimidated me. It felt more literary than literal. [read the rest]

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Posted: January 21st, 2008
at 6:21am by Black Ock


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