Originally Posted by sky dancer
Yes, King and Gandhi both died a violent death. Your point?
The thread title is simply MLK Day, and I posted comments regarding that, no particular point, except that it is fitting America made it a National Holiday in his honor.
Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" remains for most American historians as the finest political oration ever made by an American politician. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, was very powerful, with his emphasis on the "now" theme. People remember the "I Have A Dream Today" and forget the fierce emphasis he made that day on the "Now" theme. Now was the time for change; Now there was no going back; Now the African-America population had to move forward; Now the government had to take action. That is why I posted the speech usually is misunderstood.
The majority of that vast crowd on the Federal Mall that day in 1963 were people who went to Washington via bus, who had suffered jail, beatings, rapes, some recently released from jail. It was an active - committed crowd, and King understood his audience, unlike most whites who witnessed the speech. We admired it, but didn't particularly understand the audience he was speaking to and what they had gone through to get there.
Although television showed us the violent confrontation in the Deep South, with the bull sheriff's letting police dogs loose on civil rights activists, police using nightsticks, fire department water canons, and even as the FBI slowly began to investigate the deaths of the Freedom Riders, white college students from the North, joining Black civil right's activists from the South to integrate things like Woolworth lunch counters, water fountains, stores, rest rooms, gas stations, et al. Those were the people on the mall that day, King understood them perfectly and spoke to them eloquently.
Why do I have to make a specific point to underscore my admiration for the country that honored Dr. King's memory today, and with a National Holiday in his honor? Does everything posted in here require vast, historical and political explanation? I was in high school, remember watching the speech on B/W television, was a young idealist at the time (like most young people are), politically immature, but did admire the sentiment Dr. King delivered. It was only later in my life, as I learned the historical background of the Civil Right's movement, that I began to understand how misunderstood that particular speech, as excellent as it was, was........Stan