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Media Reform: Rev. Jesse Jackson on Martin Luther King, Jr.: "When we romanticize Dr. King's journey, we distort history."

Post by Jesse Russell on 1/15/2007 12:08am

Dane101 felt that this video, captured at the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis would be appropriate to share on the day that honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In it, the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks about the dangers of romanticizing the life of King. Jackson was with King on the day he was shot in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Runs 5 minutes 28 seconds.

"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love.

Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jesse Russell


Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.