One of the most illustrious names in the history of America goes with this young man. Martin Luther King III, seen here in 1974, could rally millions to demand that it’s high time to build the beloved community sought by Dr. King He could tell the nation that the war economy must beat its swords into ploughshares. He could pick up the fallen banner his father let fall from that Memphis motel balcony and lead his struggle, our struggle, into the future.
Instead, “Marty” King has been content in the shadow of his father for four decades. He briefly held his father’s post as president of the SCLC before the board showed him the door. He became a county commissioner but voters turned him out. He is present at ceremonies and press conferences. Perhaps there’s more.