King's Last March

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Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C.

Beginning with the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, and for 13 short years thereafter, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became the voice of the conscience of America. The change that he was a part of creating until his life was cut short is profound and awe inspiring.

During the last year of his life, Dr. King underwent a transformation. He had moved beyond integration. Having seen how the political and economic systems worked, he talked about curtailing the vast resources being used to fund the Vietnam war and redistributing them to uplift the nation's poor. This made him "the most dangerous Negro in America", according to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

"King's Last March" provides a look into the factors that caused Dr. King to abandon political niceties, and say things that even his political partners did not want said. Coping with mounting threats on his life and the possibility of a premature death, Dr. King went full throttle in directly criticizing the overarching economic and political systems that abandoned the poor and the disadvantaged. Some said he had become "radical". But in fact, Dr. King was making his peace with himself and his Creator. 

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