King holiday a good time to reflect on leadership

In the aftermath of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., an Associated Press reporter caught up with former President Harry S. Truman during a morning walk in New York City and asked him his opinion.

“There are plenty of Negro leaders, and they’re good ones. Martin Luther King is a rabble-rouser. He’s not a leader. He has hurt his cause, because he hasn’t any sense.”

Remember, this is the same president who boldly desegregated the Army in 1948, so he was hardly a backward thinker. But even after King’s leadership and courage led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a Nobel Peace Prize, Truman held a low opinion of the man.

A lot of people did.

While complete racial harmony will never be achieved, it’s a sign of progress that King’s actions and words are almost universally praised today. It was easy for white leaders back then to call for incremental change or a “go-slow” approach. They weren’t the victims of inequality. Similarly, the pitched battles over whether King was worthy of a holiday have subsided. There are no serious efforts to turn back.  Read the rest of the article at:  http://bit.ly/5p05HP

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