Hanif slightly off the money, your analysis is dead on up until you claim King accepted violence he never did and never would. You have misunderstood his love for all his fellow human beings, a love that caused him to accept and understand people that he philosophically disagreed with (love the sinner not the sin). The speech and tv interview you reference are attempts to explain and help those who didn’t understand the violence, with the hope of getting them to see beyond the violence to solutions to the root cause of the violence. Some have claimed King was depressed at the end of his life which is an exaggeration, but he was disappointed to realize that most people saw his philosophy of non-violent resistance as merely a tactic and not as a way of life. The movement you reference moving beyond him did cause him concern, not because of personal leadership vanities but because he feared it would distract from the next frontier of economic justice. This is a man as you rightfully mentioned knew the day he saw the President of the United States shot down that it was only a matter of time before it would happen to him. Yet knowing that he refused to his dying day to allow armed bodyguards to protect him. He told us “if a man has not discovered something he would die for he isn’t fit to live”. Trust me King discovered something he would die for and it was NON-VIOLENCE.

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Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center.

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