[Marxism] Martin Luther King: The Other America

En Passant with John Passant en.passant at bigpond.com
Sun Mar 18 06:32:21 MDT 2012

Martin Luther King: The Other America

Forty-four years ago on March 14, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at Grosse Pointe High School outside Detroit. It was one of King's last public speeches before his assassination three weeks later in Memphis, Tenn. 

Reading this speech 44 years later, two things stand out. One is King's radicalism. In the final years of his life, he took up questions of institutional racism, economic justice... and imperialist war-all are central to this speech. The other is the fact that all these questions remain with us to this day. King's statement that African Americans were disproportionately affected by unemployment and living through a "literal depression" could be said about the U.S. in 2012.

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