January 20, 2019 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
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And let’s not forget what King was before he became a national treasure.
Monday is the federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The nation honors his memory, spirit and achievements on that day, as we should.
But let’s not forget what King was before he became a national treasure. He was a radical, and his fight for justice, equality and freedom was disliked by most.
Indeed, many saw him as a criminal who deserved his end.
This video, from the NBC News archives, shows King’s vision for a new chapter, after the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in the movement he founded. So many of the themes he touches on, and the questions he answers, are as timely today as they were then.
That’s not a good thing.
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John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.