MLK was more radical and bold than “I have a dream.” See this.

Ever since the Civil Rights Movement’s era, I have appreciated King’s strong, bold, radical message.

I have read his books and studied him extensively.  I know a number of people who had worked very closely with him during the Movement, including the older white man sitting next to him on the first integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1956.

For too many years people want to water him down to the “Dream” speech, because a “dream” is something not real – something possibly for the future – something that does not compel radical change now.  That is why the Establishment wants to limit him to the “Dream.”

We need to keep King’s holiday boldly relevant to help people change political/social/economic SYSTEMS, rather than what it has become in mainstream America:  a day to apply band-aids for service delivery, a day to pick up litter or paint park benches, etc.

I enthusiastically encourage people to read – or watch this video – of King’s powerful speech calling for “A Radical Revolution of Values” —








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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093