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Martin Luther King Died 39 Years Ago Today Fighting For Striking Workers—Some Good King Links

Martin Luther King was shot and killed 39 years ago today. He died fighting for the rights of striking sanitation workers. This link to the Seafarers International Union discusses Houston workers who marched in this year’s King parade.

Three other good King links are to his papers at Stanford, to the King Memorial being built in Washington, and to a San Francisco Chronicle article about King’s theology. 

April 4, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. What do you think Dr. King would be doing if still alive?
    Do you think the world would be different if he was.

    Comment by bill brady | April 5, 2007

  2. I think King’s life was such that it is hard to imagine a future for him after the time he died.

    By the end of his life King felt overwhelmed by urban riots and by Vietnam and felt personally alone in many respects. He was shifting his focus to economic issues and was moving further and further to the left. He felt that he had to address very core issues of class and power and was uncertain where that would all lead. His initial hopes that people’s hearts would change with Civil Rights gains had been defeated. Or at least so he felt at the time. (Though I think over the longer haul he was more right than he ever realized)

    This pressure and sense of isolation had been building and building really from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott up until his death. I think he was resigned to dying and maybe even welcomed the idea in some ways. It is difficult to picture King in a quiet retirement or as a Jesse Jackson always looking for an issue. (Though I think many things about Jesse Jackson are good.)

    So I’d guess I’d say King led the life he was meant to lead.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 5, 2007

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