On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King politicians queued to pay their respects. They smothered his memory with praise but none would acknowledge the truth – that King was a radical who wanted a complete transformation of society.
Where in their vision was the king who stood out against the Vietnam war, who pledged to organise a poor people’s march on Washington and who mounted a devastating critique of capitalism? What about the king who talked of revolution and who the FBI labelled “the most dangerous negro in America”? Where was the king that was gunned down in Memphis while supporting striking workers?
This addition to the rebel’s guide series explains why the real Martin Luther King challeged the elite and their privileges, and fought for an end to poverty, racism and war.