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A Great Reminder from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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After a day of listening to some truly horrifying demonization of people living in poverty at the Montana Legislature today, this quotation from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seemed appropriate:

“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed matter: the guaranteed income.”

“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.”

 

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • Dr King was murdered by the State before he could lead his Poor Peoples March and occupation of Washington DC, and now our state looks as they want to murder a lot more poor people.

    Do you teach your students about the trial sought and won by the King family Pogie, where 12 jurors found The Memphis Police Department, The State of Tennessee, and the US Government had conspired to kill Dr King and were found legally liable for planning and carrying out his execution? Here are the trial transcripts from the official King Center website.

    http://www.thekingcenter.org/sites/default/files/KING%20FAMILY%20TRIAL%20TRANSCRIPT.pdf

    It might make an interesting assignment for some of your students, since the full trial transcripts are there. They could approach it from a number of academic angles, from critical thought to media criticism to law to history.

    12 jurors were unanimous in their verdict that the state conspired to kill Dr King.

    Is it all just Coretta King woo, or did they have a good case?

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