Truly honoring the legacy of Dr. King
By Bob Woodson
January 14, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could have denounced American society as hopelessly and irredeemably racist. Looking around at the racial barriers erected by Jim Crow America, it was hard to see how any progress could be made without challenging the basic legal and constitutional principles of the nation.
Yet King refused to succumb to despair, and instead insisted that the very principles of law and Constitution that seemed to be oppressive were, in fact, promises of freedom to all, without regard to race. As he noted in his “I Have a Dream” speech, the founding American principles were a promissory note to be cashed by all who lived here, not a rejection slip.
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