The spiritual legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By | January 19, 2008

Lloyd Steffen, The Morning Call

Although the Voting Rights Act brought a major shift in American political and social life, and King worked for it tirelessly, he would no doubt be commenting on the million African American males in jails and prisons today, many of whom lose their voting privileges by conviction.

Would King be talking about the subtle disenfranchisement of blacks today, noting that the civil rights movement never got into our prisons? And would he be focusing attention on America’s public schools, where the divide between rich and poor, black and white, is as pronounced today as it was in his lifetime?

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