In Honor and Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2013

Today we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr at a critical moment in American and African American History. The Kwanzaa Guide is pleased to return to devoting blog space to African American History and the heroic figures in our Black History. The narratives of American and African American history are often at odds with each other. Put bluntly, Black History serves as a corrective to much of the historical narrative of American History.

Thus, beginning with MLK, the Kwanzaa Guide will advance a more complete and honest narrative of American history through the lens of Black History. As such, the narrative of MLK, for example,  is too often sanitized in order to fit the image of MLK as a non threatening figure in American history. Here we will debunk this image and present narrative of King as an evolving social justice activist who fused religion, spirituality and philosophy with activism.

We will revisit King’s historical “I Have A Dream” speech. This speech not only re-energized the civil rights movement, but made American re-imagine the nation and the concept of citizenship. We will also critique President Barack Obama through the work and views of MLK. And, finally we will assess the state of America and black people, using the ethical and social standards advanced by MLK.

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