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Reply to "Does MLK Get A Bad Rap?"

I think a lot of MLK'S success was the result of the high activity of its spinoff SNCC, and high inciting voice of Malcolm. The in-the-street reality of The Black Panther party was also a strong contributor, and maybe of equal magnitude. Then President Johnson had choose. Did he want Stokely, Malcolm, or Huey, in any combination, or did he want Martin.

In order for Martin to be successful, he had to have some successes. The masses were being divided among the "angry three." This is not to ignore, or sell short Eldridge Cleaver, ,or H. Rap Brown, or Angela Davis. It was HOT!!!

I believe MLK's visit to the White House was to hear President Johnson ask, "What's going on?" I think Martin said, "Successes." I think Johnson replied, "What do you want/"

I think the result was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 furhter reinforced with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, flawed as it was. None of the "angry voices" could compete.

Everyone forgets that MLK was not the impetus behind The March on Washington. Asa Philip Randolph was the man with the vision. MLK was a participant. MLK was intended to be a lesser speaker on the program. He excelled on his own perception and genius for seiging the moment.

If MLK has been given is a "bad rap," it is the rap of a national hero.

It might be instructive to remember that when the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the "color barrier" in major league baseball, 90% of the players of unknown African ancestry didn't know who he was.

Sometines many of those doing the rapping simply don't know.


Jim Chester

You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.