Friday, January 16, 2015
#ReclaimMLK Protests Begin On Rev. King's Real Birthday
The #BlackLivesMatter movement is seeking to reclaim the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in protests across the nation with the hash tag #ReclaimMLK. People are not focusing on his “I Have a Dream” speech but instead on his challenge to the United States as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world” as well as his criticism of capitalism.
When King was murdered he was preparing to lead an occupation of Washington, DC — Resurrection City — as part of the Poor People’s Campaign. King had already shown himself to be a powerful organizer and mobilizer of people in the Civil Rights movement, but at the end of his life he had taken on other big causes and was mobilizing people to challenge capitalism and militarism. Since his death both of those issues have gotten worse and much of the world and many thousands in the United States are organizing to challenge them.
King described three interlocking evils: “the sickness of racism, excessive materialism and militarism.”