Martin Luther King's humanism somehow became more important than the activism of his life.
On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his powerful speech ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence’, on April 3, 1968 he spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee and on the following day, he was assassinated. Now, we approach to this sad date’s anniversary, let’s take a look at the impact of his incredible legacy on the Black community.
Each of his quotes is imbued with power, wisdom and inspiration. Each of his words is a guideline to follow.
But as the time goes by, the focus of the attention somehow shifts from what can and should be done to make his dream come true to his own great contribution into the Black history.
There’s a poem by Carl Wendell Hines Jr. called “A Dead Man’s Dream.” It seems to be sad but true for modern America.
Now that he is safely dead,
Let us praise him.
Build monuments to his glory.
Sing Hosannas to his name.
Dead men make such convenient heroes.
For they cannot rise to challenge the images
That we might fashion from their lives.
It is easier to build monuments
Than to build a better world.
So now that he is safely dead,
We, with eased consciences will
Teach our children that he was a great man,
Knowing that the cause for which he
Lived is still a cause
And the dream for which he died is still a dream.
A dead man’s dream.