Beyond FORTITUDE: Dr. King’s Legacy Revisited
You might also be impressed by Chuck Stone’s resumé: “Chuck became a Tuskegee Airman after graduating college, wrote speeches for and kept the faith, baby, with powerful U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., had a radio show with Malcolm X and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headquarters in Atlanta before coming to the News, where he wrote a thrice weekly column for 19 years before going to divinity school and getting a theology degree in his late 60s while teaching journalism at the University of Delaware and later the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” Like I said, I love this photo.
Also check out Mullen’s write-ups on his own experiences as a young man in the late 1960s, especially his memories of the day Dr. King was assassinated and his subsequent drive through the burning streets of Washington D.C. neighborhoods. Finally, consider these wise words of Dr. King’s, also currently highlighted on Kiko’s House, regarding the nightmare called the Vietnam War. It’s almost impossible to read this without replacing the word “Vietnam” with “Iraq,” without thinking about devastated Iraqi families when Dr. King refers to the Vietnamese:
“If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind and in the mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately, the world will be left with no other alternative than to see this as some horrible, clumsy, and deadly game we have decided to play. The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in Vietnam, that we have been detrimental to the life of the Vietnamese people. The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways. In order to atone for our sins and errors in Vietnam, we should take the initiative in bringing a halt to this tragic war.”
Thanks to Shaun Mullen for visiting BEYOND Understanding and providing a link to Kiko’s House. His is a voice of experience and insight well worth tuning into; his blog appears to offer a resource of reason and wonder (and occasional consternation) at where we’ve been and we’re we seem to be headed. If our country were in the hands of someone like Dr. King or Chuck Stone—someone who championed people in need rather than acted upon personal desires for power and domination—I think we’d be headed in a very different direction. One can only dream.