In moments like the one we are in, a good thought exercise for me anyway is to ask myself: What would Martin Luther King do? I don’t always come up with the right answer, but I’m less likely to think or do something really stupid.
In my view, King, the revolutionary democrat, apostle of non-violent mass action, genuine patriot, tactician extraordinaire, strategic thinker, avatar of generosity, and visionary of a society of substantive equality and peace is the outstanding political and moral leader of the 20th century.
What is more, his person and legacy remain relevant and offer insights as we confront challenges in a new century that are profound, novel, existential, and unforeseen.