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August 31, 2011

Column #1,566

Love Motivated Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Mike McManus

            WASHINGTON - I lived in Montgomery, Alabama when Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. organized the Bus Boycott in 1955.  I was only 14.  More important, I was white and did not know any black people except our maid – certainly not the martyr honored with a new monument that looks across the Tidal Basin to the Memorial of Thomas Jefferson who penned the words that “all men are created equal.”

            White people in Montgomery did not believe that for a moment. Black people were viewed as servants or inferior people who traveled in wagons drawn by mules. 

 

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