David Futrelle reminds us that Martin Luther King, Jr. faced plenty of violence, frenzied opposition, and attacks by police and public. Sometimes, we recall the speeches without recalling the chaos. We hear “civil disobedience” and “non-violent opposition,” and forget that those opposed to civil rights used the power of state and terror in an effort to maintain white supremacy.
We should never forget that he didn’t back down in the face of those arrests and attacks. We should never forget his work isn’t finished.
It takes a lot of courage to change the world.