As leftists and some African Americans bash conservatives for attempting to empower rather than entitle, I hope that everyone will drop the narcissistic rhetoric and take note of history.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a remarkable leader. He knew how to coalesce support from both blacks and whites. He saw the value of working together across race for the crucial cause of equality.
He realized that no man can do it alone. King gained the support of the Churches and faith-based organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which organized many of his marches.
He also had strong support from the Republican Party, which authored and introduced the 1960 Civil Rights Act, and saw it through to passage and then supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act in partnership with President Lyndon Johnson. The Republican Party not only supported the passage of the Act, but did so overwhelmingly and by much higher percentages in both the House and Senate than did the Democrats.
For those willing to drop the rhetoric another set of facts might be of interest. It was a group of Republicans who participated in the founding of the NAACP and it was President Ronald Reagan who signed the law creating the National Holiday known as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Rev. King stood for empowerment, not entitlement; partnership, not alienation. Current day race-baiters don’t want the real history of Martin Luther King, Jr. to be too public. That is one of the biggest and saddest travesties of our time.