“Recalls a Dr. King more militant and pointed in his critique of American society . . . . For many readers this will be something of a shock.”
— Jack M. Bloom, author of Class, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement
“A lucid and eloquent analysis of the ways that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s messages and historical record have been sanitized and distorted.”
— Julia Mongo, World Music Director, WMBR, Cambridge, Mass.
“This important book reminds us of Dr. King’s blueprint for changing the social political economic structure of our culture and shows us how we have adopted ways of being, seeing, believing, and living that go contrary to the core message of Dr. King.
It is important that today’s youth understand the gap between the annual media hype on his birthday with what Dr. King actually said. We have used the auditory splendor of his “I Have a Dream” speech to induce a sort of hypnosis that covers up the fact that Dr. King was talking about making major changes in the social, political, and economic relationships that exist in this country; he was talking about restructuring a system that produces poverty.
Jennifer Yanco reminds us that in this speech, Dr. King spoke about America’s check to its people—a check that was returned, marked ‘insufficient funds.’ She catalogues some of the costs to our society of failing to make sure there are sufficient funds to honor the check—in terms of housing, jobs, education, and other social goods. Jogging our memories about Dr. King can provide today’s youth with guidance for rebuilding our society to focus on love and respect for one’s neighbors and where we begin again to take on the challenge of creating the Beloved Community Dr. King spoke of.”
— Melvin H. King, Emeritus, Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, and Former Massachusetts State Representative