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What We Do Not Hear About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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In honor of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, unprecedented numbers of Americans served their communities today in beautiful ways. And President-Elect Obama’s Renew America Together service forged new means of connecting Americans (and Los Angelenos) with local volunteering opportunities.

However, Dr. King’s honorable work and messages to America have been somewhat romanticized and Americans are quick to recall Dr King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and his peaceful ways. We often forget that his messages encompassed much in the way of transformative social justice and anti-war sentiments - lessons that are timely and appropriate for us today, given the increasingly unpopular preventive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recent events in Gaza, among other world events. By 1967 Dr King had become America’s most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War and imperialism. He called us to action against imperialism and war in a way that is eerily imperative today. Above is a powerful video by SleptOn featuring activists sharing their views on MLK’s somewhat forgotten legacy.