Martin Luther King was a Brother

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Chicago pool hall in 1966 (AP Photo)

In the midst of the out-of-context quotes, old video clips and photos and historical amnesia that we usually see on Martin Luther King Day, it can be easy for us to interpret him as being a distant, nearly-mythological figure.

Mainstream media narratives tend to portray him as a one-dimensional, platitude-spewing, peace-loving “magical Negro” who was distinctly different from the rest of Black folks…