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Fellowship of Love: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and the renewal of the Labor tradition

Pabst, Adrian (2018) Fellowship of Love: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and the renewal of the Labor tradition. Telos, 182 . pp. 139-160. ISSN 0090-6514. (doi:10.3817/0318182139) (KAR id:66480)

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In his other speeches and writings, King invokes some of America’s best traditions to articulate a vision of national renewal that has universal significance precisely because it emerges from a particular place with people bound together by a shared purpose: Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy […] We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline […] Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force […] many of our white brothers […] have come to realize that their destiny is tied with our destiny and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

King’s dream is not the abstract utopia imagined by Lennon but instead a reality that is already actualized (albeit partially and imperfectly) in history – the particular history of the United States and the universal history of humankind’s fall and redemption:

At a time of deepening division within and across nations, King’s prophetic words and his leadership are a rich reservoir for rethinking and renewing politics. His clarion call that ‘[i]n these days of worldwide confusion, there is a dire need for men and women who will courageously do battle for truth’ has even greater resonance today when truth is either determined by absolute technocratic diktat or denied by post-truth relativism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3817/0318182139
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions and public administration (United States)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Adrian Pabst
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 00:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:53 UTC
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