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What Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Say About Barack Obama and Cory Booker?

January 16, 2017

martinlutherkingspeakingImage of Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaking

 

We don’t have to guess. Dr. King already made his statement on such politicians in the piece “The Black Power Defined,” June 11, 1967

“The majority of Negro political leaders do not

ascend to prominence on the shoulders of mass support.

Although genuinely popular leaders are now

emerging, most are still selected by white leadership,

elevated to position, supplied with resources and

inevitably subjected to white control. The mass of Negroes

nurtures a healthy suspicion toward this manufactured

leader, who spends little time in persuading them

that he embodies personal integrity, commitment and

ability and offers few programs and less service.

Tragically, he is in too many respects not a fighter for a new

life but a figurehead of the old one. “

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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