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” — https://www.dailyposter.com/a-radical-revolution-of-values/