How Would Martin Luther King Vote in 2016?

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“In addition to the development of genuinely independent and representative political leaders, we shall have to master the art of political alliances. Negroes should be natural allies of many white reform and independent political groups, yet they are commonly organized by old-line machine politicians. We will have to learn to refuse crumbs from the big-city machines and steadfastly demand a fair share of the loaf.

When the machine politicians demur, we must be prepared to act in unity and throw our support to such independent parties or reform wings of the major parties as are prepared to take our demands seriously and fight for them vigorously. This is political freedom; this is political maturity expressing our aroused and determined new spirit to be treated as equals in all aspects of life.”

 

Enough said?

 

[1]MLK Where do we Go from Here 607, The essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, ed. James M. Washington. See also Black Power Defined, 309

About Richard Moser

Richard Moser has 40 years experience as an organizer and activist in the labor, student, peace, and community movements. Moser is author of "New Winter Soldiers: GI and Veteran Dissent During the Vietnam Era," and co-editor with Van Gosse of "The World the Sixties Made: Politics and Culture in Recent America." Moser lives in Colorado.
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5 Responses to How Would Martin Luther King Vote in 2016?

  1. VanessaVaile says:

    I’m doing a mixed media collection post for today ~ this post is on it, as well the whole MLK category and blog itself. Have you seen education blogger Paul Thomas’s MLK Day Reader post? https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/mlk-day-2016-a-reader/

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