This year, for the first time, Arkansas will celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a standalone holiday. Speaking at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, King said: “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin...the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” You can find out more about this speech and other episodes in King’s life in my biography of the civil rights leader published by Routledge.
MLK Day 2018
By John Kirk • Jan 9, 2018