In respect: Martin Luther King Jr., a good American who would be 92 today

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Born on this day in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. became a Baptist minister who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and was the most well-known leader of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement in America. He championed civil rights through non-violence and his deeply held Christian beliefs.

King helped organize and led the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, and a march on Washington in 1963, in which he delivered his now-famous “I have a Dream” speech. He and other activists were jailed for civil disobedience on April 12, 1963, during which he penned the famous, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to his fellow members of the clergy. King also founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

He was assassinated by James Earl Ray outside a hotel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968, an event that sparked violent and destructive race riots from coast to coast.

By the signature of Republican President Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King Day became a federal holiday in 1983 and since 1986, when the law went into effect, federal and most state and local government workers have been given a day off every third Monday in January in recognition of his life and his life’s work.

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  1. I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one. I think I’ll agree with FBI director J Edger Hoover and identify Martin Luther King Jr as a domestic terrorist.

    • LOL you’re kidding right? J Edgar Hoover was the most tyrannical deep state operative who ever lived. MLK was an American hero. Your beliefs continue to surprise me, especially considering how gung-ho you are about masks

      • “Terrorist” might be an exaggeration, but the evidence on his sexual escapades show he’s not one to be honored in any manner and any statues taken down.

        • Yeah he supposedly had over 40 affairs and is heard on tape laughing and offering advice to one of his ministers as the minister raped a black woman who disagreed with him. He is known as the Harvey Weinstein of the civil Rights movement and a sort of Jekyll and Hyde character but that doesn’t fit the narrative these days so we just don’t talk about ugly things like that.

          • Why are you constantly making up lies to support your point of view? You certainly didn’t perform any “research” to support it. The National Archives has that information and it doesn’t comport one scintilla with anything you just wrote.

    • A terrorist? For what? Inspiring people to nonviolently resist a system that treated this with different skin color as second class citizens?

      Or maybe you were trolling?

  2. I wonder whatever happened to Mr. King’s fundamental message that he sought to live “in a society that judged a man by the content of his character, and not by the color of his skin”? The wokesters and neo-Bolshevik cultural revolutionaries have turned that message on its head, and I have no doubt that if Mr. King were alive today, he would condemn them in the strongest possible terms.

  3. Anyone ever notice how Dr. King’s message was about unity, peace, and acceptance of those different from yourself? How did the so-called civil rights activists of today slip to the point that they’re demanding reparations, race preferences and the right for people to destroy property?

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