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MLK Day Reminder
Jan 17, 2020

To download this poster: http://www.liberationnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/dr-king-was-a-radical-2.pdf

Dr. King's legacy is more than the "I have a dream" speech. As we celebrate him, let us not join in the whitewashing of his legacy. Instead, let’s celebrate the real Dr. King, the revolutionary Dr. King.

"I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. …
Today capitalism has outlived its usefulness." (A letter to Corretta Scott, 1952)

"We must admit that [communism] arose as a protest against the hardships of the underprivileged. … Communism seeks to transcend the superficialities of race and color, and you are able to join the Communist party whatever the color of your skin or the quality of the blood in your veins. With this passionate concern for social justice Christians are bound to be in accord." (1962)

"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." (1967)

"When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." (1967)

"[W]e are saying that something is wrong … with capitalism…. There must be better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism." (1966)

"One day we must ask the question, 'Why are there forty million poor people in America?' ... When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy." (1967)

"Marx reveals the danger of the profit motive as the sole basis for an economic system. We must heed this challenge. I’m afraid that there are too many people in America concerned about making a living rather than making a life." (1962)


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