MNA Feature Desk: The assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on Friday evening April 4, 1968, not only triggered a national crisis of rioting throughout the nation but ended the revolution of achieving mellowness.
It would be nothing wrong to say that this immaturity of American citizens gives birth such a mentally ill President, Donald Trump, as many questions have arisen about Trump during this campaign season—about his platform, his knowledge of issues, his inflammatory language, his level of comfort with political violence.
However, King’s assertion that the United States was the “world’s greatest purveyor of violence” threw down a political gauntlet that would frame the revolutionary path he would follow during the last year of his life.
King was a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was known for his use of nonviolence and civil disobedience.
Fifty years ago, King gave the most important speech of his life at the Riverside Church in New York, denouncing the Vietnam War and connecting the American civil rights struggle with a larger, global movement for peace and human rights.
King loved America enough to always be honest. A political leader who dined with royalty and met with presidents at the White House found himself increasingly drawn to the plight of poor people around the world.
His belief that black sharecroppers in the Deep South deserved the same consideration as intellectual and economic elites led to his championing a Poor Peoples Campaign that planned to descend on the nation’s capital in May 1968 until Congress passed legislation that addressed growing inequality in America.