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Gaining A Complete View Of Martin Luther King Jr And His ContinuedGrowth Beyond I Have A Dream

Thursday, January 30, 2014Brother Mustafaa


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 15, 1929- April 4, 1968

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  I have often had fantasies of showing up at commemorations of Martin Luther King and through a loud speaker blasting some of the other words spoken by him, which did not make him popular while he was alive and I am sure would not endear him to many today. 

When we come together to discuss Martin Luther King Jr we often freeze him in the time period of 1963 and the soundbite "I have a dream" not showing what he did/said before that speech or after. This is not justice to a man who was way more than a simple dreamer. I am willing to wager many only know of him through the slogan "I have a dream" and have not even read the transcript of that speech wherein the quote is lifted. 

I want to look at the Martin Luther King Jr who wrote that letter from the Birmingham jail, I want to look at the Martin Luther King Jr who was reviled by many of his own fellow black preachers, I want to look at the Martin Luther King Jr who showed the hypocrisy of America in Vietnam, I want to look at the Martin Luther King Jr who said I am black and beautiful and so are you. 

One of the points he made during his 1963 speech was hope that America would make good on a check of freedom written to black people. He says, "It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given its colored people a bad check, a check that has come back marked "insufficient funds."

While we have come a long way we would be forced to admit this is still a bad check, insufficient funds, and she(America) is in the negative with overdraft fees.

Our dear brother, as all human beings will do in life, was evolving in his understanding till the day when a assassin took his life. This other side of Martin Luther King(1966-1968) is often not shown in mainstream media, because I believe they want us to just focus on one aspect of him(the dream) and to be dreamers, but not men and women who will challenge injustice like he did.

He wasn't limited to dreaming of black and white holding hands, but he spoke out against the triple evils which still persist today.

"When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." (April 4th, 1967)

We do not want a sanitized, watered down, 2%, skim milk, Martin Luther King Jr... Give us the freedom fighter and warrior.

 One historical fact they will not tell you is that Bro. Martin and his wife Coretta met with The Hon.Elijah Muhammad(The Nation of Islam) in 1966 and again before he was killed. This was not about him becoming a Muslim, But he grew to appreciate the Muslims ability to transform our community and he saw in our unity, despite differences, we could accomplish much. The pictures of this meeting can be Googled online.

The Hon. Elijah Muhammad and Martin Luther King meeting

Concerning the hypocrisy of America applauding him for preaching non violence while practicing violence in Vietnam he said, "I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government." (April 4 1967)


Concerning the poor of this nation he said, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." (Where do we go from here: community or chaos? 1967)


Concerning the poor conditions many of us still live in he said, "When we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also declare that the white man does not abide by law in the ghettos. Day in and day out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments; he flagrantly violates building codes and regulations; his police make a mockery of law; he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions of civil services. The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Negroes live in them, but they do not make them, any more than a prisoner makes a prison." (The Trumpet Of Conscience 1967)

Concerning black pride and self love he said, "I come here tonight to plead with you, believe in yourself and believe that you’re somebody. If the negro is to be free, he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign with a pen and ink of self assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation.

Don’t let anybody take your manhood. Be proud of our heritage.
As somebody said earlier tonight, we don’t have anything to be ashamed of. Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language. They made everything black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms of the word black. It’s always something degrading, low and sinister. Look at the word white. It’s always something pure, high, clean.

Well I want to get the language right tonight. I want to get the language so right that everybody here will cry out, “YES! I’M BLACK. I’M PROUD OF IT. I’M BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL!” 


One of his last confessions was given during a conversation with actor, singer, humanitarian and activist, Harry Belafonte. Mr. Belafonte recounts that Dr. King was melancholy when he sated, "I fear I have integrated my people into a burning house."

He further says, in a recently unearthed video, right before he was assassinated that the dream he once had has turned into a nightmare. View this video below.


Therefore, with poverty still prevalent, wars still prevalent, racism still prevalent, I think Dr. King would find much to be sad about today despite honor given, streets named after him and a statue of him given to placate us. 

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