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April 09, 2008

What If?

It's unclear as to if there's anything to be gained from asking the question, What if Dr. King had lived? But the Boston - Bay State Banner takes it on today. What can be known, as is pointed out in another look at some related Sixties history - that of the Black Panthers via The Community Times, many of the problems facing Black America, especially in urban settings, remain to be solved. Might things be better today had Dr. King survived the turbulent Sixties? Could be.

The preacher in him would have continued speaking out against injustice, war and maybe even pop culture. He would likely not have run for president. He probably would have endured more harassment from J. Edgar Hoover.

Four decades after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fell to an assassin’s bullet, colleagues and biographers offer many answers to the question: What if he had lived?

For his children, however, the speculation is more personal. They know their lives would have turned out differently had they had their beloved father to guide and teach them.


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