Why Martin Luther King Jr’s “The Other America” is The Speech That Killed Him
His Fight for Economic Inclusion The Other America
martin luther king jr the other america
When Nipsey Hussle was assassinated last March, his message of ownership and economic empowerment spread like wildfire. The black community was moved to action, myself included–educating ourselves on generational wealth and economic power. While it was Nipsey who woke a lot of this generation up, Nipsey was influenced by Civil Rights leaders
I’m embarrassed to say that it is only during my own research that I learned Martin Luther King Jr. was a heavy advocate of economic inclusion. That is ultimately why he was assa
During the time of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, Corretta claims the movement had made great improvement in desegregation. It was the economic inequality that needed change. In Dr. King’s
Martin Luther King Jr., The Other America 1967
“It is much easier to integrate a lunch counter than it is to guarantee a livable income and a good solid job. It is much easier to guarantee the right to vote, tha it is to guarantee the
righto live in sanitary decent housing conditions. It is much easier to integrate a public park than it is to make genuine quality integrated education a reality.”
We live in a capitalist society, so in order to live financially fulfilled in the United States, you must own capital. It is not new news that slavery placed Black Americans behind and each time our community made huge strides in economic freedom, White America attempted to destroy it. Black Wall Street out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the most talked about, but there were several including the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906.
Not to mention the leaders who are assertive in educating the black community in the power of economics are often violently taken from us. Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil equality and fair treatment of Black Americans, but he knew that we could never be truly equal without a fair economic chance.
Martin Luther King Jr, The Other America speech was made over 50 years ago, but the black community is still one of the
As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. lets not just share I Have A Dream. It is powerful, but it is not the full story of Martin Luther King Jr. If you haven’t, take the time and listen to The Other America, a declaration of economic inclusion for all Americans and honor his legacy by educating yourself to become more financially empowered.
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