Description of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Time Magazine, May 17, 1963
Introductory comment to the Near Emmaus blog post by me, Howard:
Fascinating look back to just before the “I Have a Dream” speech; perception of “prophets”, etc. Some excellent reminders here.
A few weeks ago my wife found a copy of Time Magazine’s May 17th, 1963, issue in a used bookstore in Austin, TX. On the front of this issue was a picture of James Baldwin and inside the section called “The Nation” had a subsection on “Races” where this description of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found on p. 23:
For more than a month, Negro demonstrations in Birmingham had sputtered, bursting occasionally into flames, then flickering out. Martin Luther King, the Negroes’ inspirational but sometimes inept leader, had picked this bastion of racial inequality for the crusade, “because Birmingham is the symbol of segregation.”
It was a very odd experience reading this 1963 article in 2013. Dr. King is a legend to us now. He is considered one of our nation’s prophetic voices. We have built a statue of him in Washington D.C. Our cultural memory…
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