[Marxism] Was the young Martin Luther King a socialist?

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 19:02:48 MDT 2018

On February 18, 1957, *Time *magazine put a picture of King on its cover,
describing him as “expert organizer” but “no radical.” Honey says that
*Time* was actually wrong on both counts: his strength lay more in
visionary and oratory power than organizing prowess, and he was certainly
radical in his thinking. Nevertheless, a journalistic version of King
emerged that painted him as a civil rights leader who became increasingly
radical after the Vietnam War, a long-accepted picture that scholars have
begun to challenge in recent years.

Coretta Scott King kept her husband’s letters and early sermons, in which
he expressed support for ideas like the “nationalization of industry,” in a
box in her basement for over thirty years after he died, a move that may
have been inspired by anxiety that his radical views of capitalism would be
used by the American right wing to tarnish his legacy. Which is very likely


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