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I am the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent can be found at LosingMyReligions.net. Currently, I am President of One Step for Animals; previously, I was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before my unfortunate encounter with activism, I was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). My hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. I live in Tucson with my soulmate and reluctant editor Anne, along with the occasional snake and scorpion.

Monday, October 5, 2020

"I Have a Dream"

From the book The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (p. 159):

"The most iconic outcome of the march would be Martin Luther King Jr.'s keynote address. King's "I Have a Dream" speech represents a watershed moment in both the history of the black freedom struggle and the larger narrative of American democracy. It also remains one of the most misunderstood addresses in American history, primarily because many of his words have been forgotten, lost in the rhetorical heights of the "I have a dream" peroration that closes the seventeen-minute speech. King's discussion of blacks occupying "a lonely island of poverty" amid the abundance of American wealth has been ignored, likewise his efforts to discuss reparations by demanding "a check" be cashed on behalf of black America." 

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