Martin Luther King day Status for Facebook FB profile Images timeline status: Martin Luther King, Jr. began his education at the Yonge Street Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. Following Yonge School, he was enrolled in David T. Howard Elementary School. He also attended the Atlanta University Laboratory School and Booker T. Washington High School. Because of his high score on the college entrance examinations in his junior year of high school, he advanced to Morehouse College without formal graduation from Booker T. Washington. Having skipped both the ninth and twelfth grades, Dr. King entered Morehouse at the age of fifteen.
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1) In March 1956, speaking at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York — his first address in the North since the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott — he dropped the soaring rhetoric and made the sentiment underlying the protest very plain:
Today’s expression in Montgomery is the expression of 50,000 people who are tired of being pushed around.
2) And he was perfectly clear about the source of the conflict surrounding the civil rights movement:
Yes, there are tensions in the South. But the tension we experience there is due to the revolutionary reevaluation of the Negro by himself.
3) He proved he wasn’t afraid to point out the ignorance of his critics, either. He had this a remark for William Faulkner, who’d recently said the civil rights activists should calm down while white people got used to the idea of black people having equal rights. King’s message was essentially, “Sorry, not gonna happen”:
We can’t slow up because of our love for democracy and our love for America. Someone should tell Faulkner that the vast majority of the people on this globe are colored.
4) He used a little bit of humor to explain how messed up things were in the South:
Dixie has a heart all right. But it’s having a little heart trouble right now.
5) In the address he delivered at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery march on March 25, 1965, he gave credit where credit was due to white allies — with a nod to the idea that the “ugly” tradition of racism was nothing that anyone should be getting all sentimental about:
On our part we must pay our profound respects to the white Americans who cherish their democratic traditions over the ugly customs and privileges of generations and come forth boldly to join hands with us.
6) He also broke some news to poor white people: They weren’t exactly winning in a segregated society:
If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow.
7) In a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam,” delivered April 4, 1967, in New York, he showed he didn’t see anything through rose-colored glasses, and admitted that he wasn’t super hopeful about the US’s prospects in Southeast Asia:
The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve.
8) And he made it very clear that in his view, no one was excused from working for justice, saying, “Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.”
9) Sadly, he made a pretty decent prediction in this “rallies without end” bit, saying:
The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality, we will find ourselves organizing “clergy and laymen concerned” committees for the next generation. They will be concerned about Guatemala and Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand and Cambodia. They will be concerned about Mozambique and South Africa. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.
10) He admonished those who couldn’t see the structural forces in need of combating:
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.