Monday, January 21, 2008

An imperfect legacy

If I weren't in the midst of trying to help address the current challenges associated with school equity and civil rights, I'd have time to write a cogent essay on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Instead, I'll have to be content with a link roundup of things I find interesting on this day of remembrance and celebration.

To begin, this perceptive, if superficial analysis of Dr. King as a flattened symbol, and the tendency of many to appropriate this symbol for their own means without consideration of his intentions.

This speech from Barack Obama at Dr. King's church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta:


This edition of Talk of the Nation, in which Lee White and Roger Wilkins discuss their experience of being close to the White House during the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations during the civil rights movement.

Finally, this American RadioWorks production, An Imperfect Revolution, which explores the long view of the legacy of desegregation from multiple perspectives.

And, because I'm one to be more hopeful than pessimistic in this regard, a link to remind us that there wasn't even a national day of honor for Dr. King when I was born: Happy Birthday.

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