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27 Responses to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Life In Pictures

  1. And oh, there is a power in this way, and if we will follow this way, we will be the participants in a great building process that will make America a new nation. And we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. This is our challenge. This is the way we must grapple with this dilemma, and we will be a great people.

    And let us have faith in the future — I know it’s dark sometimes. And I know all of us begin to ask, “How long will we have to live with this system?” I know all of us are asking, “How long will prejudice blind the visions of men and darken their understanding and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne? When will wounded justice lying prostrate on the streets of our cities be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men? Yes, when will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night and plucked from weary souls the manacles of death and the chains of fear? How long will justice be crucified and truth buried? How long?”

    I can only answer this evening, “Not long.”


  2. Dr. Martin Luther King: We will be the participants in a great building process that will make America a new nation.

  3. Life In Pictures 94
    A little boy plays “Dixie” on a clarinet and a girl beside him waves a Confederate flag as marchers led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. approach along the shoulder of U.S. 51 near Como, Mississippi, on June 9, 1966.

    • Liza says:

      Rotten little brats.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:


      “Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
      Before it is washed to the sea?
      Yes, and how many years can some people exist
      Before they’re allowed to be free?
      Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
      And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

      “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
      The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

      “Yes, and how many times must a man look up
      Before he can see the sky?
      Yes, and how many ears must one man have
      Before he can hear people cry?”

    • Liza says:

      I think we can rest assured that the white folks standing along the highway, taunting the black protesters, ever saw things differently. They went home to their lower middle class neighborhoods, proud of themselves for taking a stand, and raised their children to be just like them. I suspect they went to church on Sundays to get right with God, smoked a lot of cigarettes, drank too much, had a high fat diet, and died relatively young. They aren’t the backbone of the nation, they are the albatross, the weight that we drag every time we try to move forward.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        “They aren’t the backbone of the nation, they are the albatross, the weight that we drag every time we try to move forward.”


  4. Life In Pictures 93
    The day after the shooting, aerial view shows clouds of smoke rising from burning buildings in northeast Washington, D.C. on April 5, 1968. The fires resulted from rioting and demonstrations after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Their heavy hearts are coming right through to the viewer. My heart aches.

    • Liza says:

      Sad. I’m sure they wondered what they were fighting for in Vietnam, most everyone did. But it must have been especially hard for them, their people at home fighting for jobs, decent housing, an education for their children, clothes, food, healthcare, everything. All while the government roars through all the resources, fighting a war of attrition that could never be won, where victory was an individual achievement meaning that you survived your tour of duty and could go home. Such a waste.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Yes, you are right on point, Liza.

        Just a year before he was assassinated, Dr. King delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” speech where he pointed out that very thought:
        “I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor as long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube … So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as the enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.

        “Perhaps a more tragic recognition of reality took place when it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population. We were taking the Black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem.

        “So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and White boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schoolroom. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago or Atlanta.”

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, what percentage of draft eligible young black men could realistically get a college deferment? This was never taken into consideration, as I recall. However, it was #6 in the Black Panther Party’s ten point program released in 1967: “We want all Black men to be exempt from military service.”

        I certainly can see where black folks in 1967, especially young men of draft age, would see this as another form of extermination.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I hear you, Liza.

  5. Life Pictures 87
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is interviewed by a reporter as he tries to check into the Hotel Albert in Selma, Alabama, on January 18, 1965.

    Life Pictures 88
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is attacked by States Rights Party member Jimmy Robinson as King tries to register at the Hotel Albert in Selma, Alabama, on January 18, 1965. The woman at left is trying to avoid the altercation. King was not injured.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Great history you are providing here, SG2. I had never seen these 2 photos before now.

  6. Liza says:

    Excellent work, SG2. I’ve been looking at your Twitter posts too.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Dr. King was very courageous with so many dangerous haters around. He cared so much about his community and gave his all day in and day out to push for justice, equality and brotherhood.

    • Liza says:

      Eyes on the Prize has an episode about Dr. MLK in Chicago. Andrew Young, who had been with Dr. King, made the comment that the northern mobs were really something else compared to the southern mobs. In the south, he said, there was always that same rabble element that showed up. But in the north, mom and dad and the kids showed up too and then kind of got drawn into being part of the mob. Some of the black folks threw the rocks and bricks right back at them, apparently not buying into the nonviolent behaviors that so many young southern protesters had been taught.

    • eliihass says:

      But they insist that all the action was only in the South…

      And if they didn’t see Bernie Sanders at any of the marches they organized out in the South, Bernie’s pro-Civil Rights participation in Chicago never really happened then…because, you know, Chicago had no white supremacists causing trouble …and absolutely no Civil Rights problems…

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, true, but facts are stubborn. Bernie was on the right side of history, no one can take that from him.

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    What a moving photo gallery to Rev. Martin Luther King you have presented, SG2. I appreciate your memorial page here.

    • Thank you, Yahtc. It took me awhile but I finally got it done.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I had been thinking that it must have taken you a lot of time and care to put it together…first finding and choosing the photos and then carefully placing them to fit so nicely. It is a beautiful creation that honors Dr. Martin Luther King.

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