Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that he shared with America on August 28, 1963, nearly sixty years ago. Some of the most quoted lines of his speech are, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Those words still sound across the
nation even though 54 years have passed since the death of King. We know how he
felt then about judging each other by color. The question is, what would he say
about the racial tensions in America today? Would he support critical race
theory, or would he condemn it?
Alveda King, one of MLK’s nieces, believes that he would oppose critical race theory because it “was socially engineered by Marxists and socialists, by people who don’t believe in God.” She said that King’s message to America center on the gospel of Jesus Christ because he wanted Americans to “serve God [and] serve others.” In a podcast with Virginia Allen, Alveda King made the following statement.
I believe that if the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. were here right now, he would encourage us to continue to learn
to live together as brothers – and I’ll add in sisters – or perish together as
Now, what many people do not understand is
that, first, Martin Luther King Jr. loved God. He wasn’t perfect, and no human beings
are. He loved God.
So I believe if he were here today, he
would say to us, in the face of everything that we are encountering – whether it
be COVID, or race wars, or horrible things happening to the weather,
calamities, and disaster – I believe he would ask us to look forward in this
new year with faith, with hope, with love….
I believe I don’t even have to speculate
on what Martin Luther King Jr. would say, because he said it during his
lifetime. He wrote it, he said it, he spoke it. And he talked about a day when
there would be no white power, no black power, only God power working in human
According to Alveda King, MLK would be against abortion as well as critical race theory. Those people who profess to follow MLK in their demands of America do not know what he taught. King wanted all people to live together as brothers and sisters – no matter their race or religion – and to protect the unborn and vulnerable. King had a good dream, one that all Americans should adopt.