In 2007 I decided that I needed to do something to increase people’s knowledge of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of peace and justice. The more I read King’s work I realized that only part of his legacy is popularized. His stance against violence and call for racial harmony is lauded. But other parts of his message calling on America to change are nearly ignored. I am not an expert or scholar of King’s work but I know if King were alive today his message would address much more than non-violence and diversity. He would be deeply troubled by the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor. He would be greatly alarmed and sadden by the rise of religious, ethnic, and other forms of bigotry around the world and he would be appalled by the U.S. policy of global wars. For King the triple evils of poverty, racism and war are interrelated and must be resisted and the values that promote these evils changed.
Reclaim the Dream is an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful community.
Michael T. McPhearson