Martin Luther King Jr.—On Love and Justice

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Abstract

This narrative on my former schoolmate Martin Luther King Jr. follows the example set by William Schweiker (1995) in the University of Chicago, Divinity School tapes, “Thinking with Paul Ricoeur” (Schweiker, n.d.). I am thinking with Paul Ricoeur in reflecting on the accomplishments of King in civil rights. This is a narrative of how suffering makes us human. It is also a narrative of “Fragility and Responsibility” through love and justice. The American dream to redeem a White racial history of enslavement of the African Negro ushered an era of sensibility for racial integration all over the world years after Lincoln’s Proclamation of 1862. King called upon his fellow countrymen to honor their commitment to the U.S. Constitution via de facto racial integration. Eight significant themes were extracted from MLK’s Discourse in (Beshai, 1988) referenced in Epilogue disclose this narrative between the 1954 Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama and the Poor People Campaign of Memphis, Tennessee. By 1968, American history has responded to the call for a renewal of mutual recognition in love and justice. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were strides toward “Oneself as Another” in the modern history of the United States.

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