#ReclaimMLK Protests Begin On Rev. King's Real Birthday

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The #BlackLivesMatter movement is seeking to reclaim the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in protests across the nation with the hash tag #ReclaimMLK.  People are not focusing on his “I Have a Dream” speech but instead on his challenge to the United States as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world” as well as his criticism of capitalism.

When King was murdered he was preparing to lead an occupation of Washington, DC — Resurrection City — as part of the Poor People’s Campaign. King had already shown himself to be a powerful organizer and mobilizer of people in the Civil Rights movement, but at the end of his life he had taken on other big causes and was mobilizing people to challenge capitalism and militarism. Since his death both of those issues have gotten worse and much of the world and many thousands in the United States are organizing to challenge them.

King described three interlocking evils: “the sickness of racism, excessive materialism and militarism.” Below are tweets from around the country describing actions being taken to #ReclaimMLK.

We have been reclaiming the full Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for quite some time. Here’s some more reading:

Beyond Capitalism: A Revolution Of Values
The Forgotten, Radical Martin Luther King Jr.
‘Selma’ Portrays The True Martin Luther King Jr: A Despised Radical
Prophecy Delivered! Martin Luther King Jr. & The Death of Democracy
Dr. King: Beyond The Dreamer, A Personal Story
Remember Direct Action As Part Of Dr. King’s Legacy
Remembering The Officially Deleted Dr. King
Martin Luther King: “My Dream is Not Obama”
The Dream: A Movement Without Beginning Or End
I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision

Below are two video reports of Washington, DC and Baltimore done by Elias Weston-Farber, followed by tweets from around the country.