Apologies for being a few days late with this post. Monday was the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people revere this civil rights activist for all of his laudable achievements. But what they may not realize is how progressive and radical Dr. King really was. At the time of his death, he was classified as an enemy of the state - part of one of the "greatest threats to the stability of the American government since the Civil War", according to President Hoover.
King was a radical - pushing a strong agenda on a country that needed but was resistant to change. He was not overwhelming liked or respected in his lifetime; that was to come with his death and success of the Civil Rights Movement. In the words of Dylan Thomas, King did not feel we should go gentle into that good night, but instead rage, rage against the dying of the light.