Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Not Just A Dreamer: MLK's Legacy As A Radical Philosopher

January 12, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is often regarded as a brilliant orator and a champion of nonviolence. His "I Have A Dream" speech is endlessly quoted by activists, politicians, students and artists. And his teachings as a reverend spill from the pews into the streets.

But what about the Dr. King who spoke out against the Vietnam War, police brutality and economic injustice? This is the lesser-known King -- the scholar, author and radical philosopher who is often sugar-coated or minimized for the more peaceful version of an activist.

Two local scholars and authors join Callie Crossley to discuss the real Dr. King and the legacy he left behind 50 years after his assassination.

Guests

Brandon Terry, assistant professor of African-American studies at Harvard University and co-editor of “To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.”  Follow Brandon on Twitter.

Jason Sokol, associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire and author of “The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.” Follow Jason on Twitter.

BONUS: Read Brandon Terry's essay in the Boston Review!


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