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King, Obama, and the Inner Core of Despotism


If humanism is locked outside the system, Negroes will have revealed its inner core of despotism…

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience (New York: Harper&Row, 1968), 17.

 

 

Fifty years ago on August 28th, 250,000 Americans descended on Washington D.C. to demand an end to Jim Crow segregation and racial disenfranchisement in the U.S. South. Millions watched on television and listened on radio as eloquent Civil Rights heroes called for blacks to be granted the rights to vote, to attend integrated schools, and, in the famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to “not be judged by the color of their skin but [rather] by the content of their character.”

 

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