However, as we wrap up the semester, we invite you to think about what you have previously learned about Dr. King when you were a younger student, in light of this particular speech. The subject of the talk was the Vietnam War, in an excerpt from a sermon given at Ebenezer Baptist Church, on April 30, 1967. During that very perilous time, consider the public response to his words back then:
...after giving the speech...King was dropped from Gallup’s annual list of the most admired Americans and was ridiculed by the New York Times, among too many others. Soon after, he was murdered (Robert Scheer, Truthdig.com).As a kind of evidence, look closely at this 3-frame diagram of King's funeral photo which highlighted African-Americans using black dots, and whites, using red dots. Please click to enlarge the details.
|"Life Magazine, April 19, 1968,” by Alfredo Jaar. (Copyright Alfredo Jaar)|
- Why is this post titled, "The Forgotten King"?
- Why don't we Americans celebrate this speech?
- How does it relate to our course themes?
- Can you make connections to today?