Martin Luther King, Jr. Saw America as the Solution, Not the Problem
The annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an occasion to remember his message of unity.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached about injustice in America — first racial injustice in the South, enshrined in law; then economic injustice in the North and elsewhere. But — this is crucial — he never saw America as the problem. He saw America, and its values, as the solution.
He also saw black Americans as equal guardians of the American ideal.
10 Facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You Probably Didn’t Know
1. MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS NOT HIS GIVEN NAME.
One of the most recognizable proper names of the 20th century wasn’t actually what was on the birth certificate. The future civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929, named after his father Michael King. When the younger King was 5 years old, his father decided to change both their names after learning more about 16th-century theologian Martin Luther, who was one of the key figures of the Protestant Reformation. Inspired by that battle, Michael King soon began referring to himself and his son as Martin Luther King.