When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee the reverberations from the blast rocked a nation. Forty-five years later, his life and legacy have both been studied, dissected, distorted and white-washed in a country averse to telling the truth about our brilliant Black leaders. Many Black Americans struggle to be his voice in a so-called post-racial society where disparities in unemployment, healthcare, incarceration rates and education continue to fuel the existence of Black Americans as second-class citizens.
As domestic and foreign terrorism continues to polarize our nation, and the first U.S. Black president faces unparalleled hatred and racism, NewsOne.com hit the streets of New York and asked locals:
What would MLK think about America today?