What Would MLK Say About
The grand jury made its decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9, 2014, shooting of Michael Brown. This was 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr., made his well-remembered "I Had a Dream" speech. What would Dr. King say about the current happenings in Ferguson, Missouri?
Dr. King was always a nonviolent civil rights activist. He was a pastor, an orator, a humanitarian whose philosophy was that much more good was done when men let their ideas be known without violence or bloodshed. In the late 1950s and 1960s, he organized and led a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, protesting black segregation on buses (you may remember Rosa Parks). In 1962, he organized a demonstration protest in Birmingham, Alabama, using marches and sit-ins that were nonviolent but occupied public spaces and violated laws that he felt were unjust.
In 1965, Dr. King led a group from Selma to Montgomery which showed on television to the world the brutality of the mob and police response to the demonstrators. Three attempts were made that month before they actually made it to Selma. The following year he led the March on Washington in which he made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech and later that year proceeded to take his nonviolent movement north to Chicago to begin work on segregated housing. He was assassinated in 1968 during the march of the Poor People's Campaign.
During his entire lifetime he thought that living by the rule of "loving your neighbor as yourself" made the most sense and "loving your enemies" was the only way for the black and white people of the world to live equally together. His Christian upbringing had taught him to "turn the other cheek" by trying to combat racial inequality with nonviolent resistance. He went to jail many times for his nonviolent demonstrations and marches to draw attention to a longstanding problem that he wanted to change.
And so I wonder what Dr. Martin...