Martin Luther King's Work Not Yet Done
But we should remember MLK as modern-day founding father: opinions
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2013 1:50 PM CDT
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Fifty years later, tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech—and reflections on the speech and the man—abound. A sampling:

  • King was a modern-day founding father, "equal to Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Hamilton," writes Nicholas Burns in the Boston Globe. He helped to eliminate Jim Crow laws, changing the country permanently. He preached nonviolence and hopefulness "rather than hatred and revenge." Ultimately, he helped to create the America that elected a black president. And all of that makes King "the most significant American since Lincoln."

  • And his speech is one of the rare ones that has the power to "echo across generations," declares a Guardian editorial. That's because it spoke, powerfully, to both black and white listeners. And though "the dream remains unfinished business," that fact simply "reinforces the power of that moment when Dr. King found the words to make people be better than they were, and the speech's enduring power to inspire."
  • In the Washington Post, Martin Luther King III agrees that his father's work is not yet done. "Too many Americans have inadequate opportunities to escape poverty, joblessness, discrimination, social neglect, and violence," he writes, and "African-American youth still have good reason to fear racially motivated violence." He concludes with a simple question: "What is each and every one of us doing to realize the dream of freedom, justice, and equality for all?"
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hog_one
Aug 30, 2013 4:36 AM CDT
Dr. King was a very good person and did see an injustice and try to correct it. I admit there is much more that can and should be done. But with that said, the idea that Dr. King had has taken a turn from what I feel was his direction. Until the African-American race is willing to accept that they also have a problem within themself, with reguard too how they treat others of their race, and stop blaming the white race for all their problems. Yes, the white devil did cause some of the problem, but not all the problem. I see on the news almost daily, were someone has been killed and the police show-up, didn't see anything officer. But they were shot right in front of you, didn't see anything officer. As the old saying goes, you can not help someone, who will not help themself. Now that I have stated my opion, you can rant, rave call me names all you want. I may want to respond, but I shall not.
cornelison
Aug 29, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
We've regressed, thanks to the extreme right. Republicans in power shamed themselves. They worry more about their jobs than millions of black Americans. The GOP is dying and their claim to power includes a process of stealing votes, lying and ignoring the needs of the vast majority of Americans.
sickdaddy
Aug 29, 2013 9:26 AM CDT
This is an obvious statement reading the comments on newser.