HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

January 21, 2008
Wisdom from Polonius

Thoughts of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Jimmy Carter

Martin Luther King, Jr., was the conscience of his generation.... He and I grew up in the same South, he the son of a clergyman, I the son of a farmer. We both knew from opposite sides, the invisible wall of racial segregation.


June Jordan

When that devil’s bullet lodged itself inside the body of Martin Luther King, he had already begun an astonishing mobilization of poor, Black, white, latino Americans who had nothing to lose. They would challenge our government to eliminate exploitative, merciless, and war-mongering policies, nationwide, or else “tie up the country” through “means of civil disobedience.” Dr. King intended to organize those legions into “coercive direct actions” that would make of Babylon a dysfunctional behemoth begging for relief. Is it any wonder he was killed?


Jesse Jackson

From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation.


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