Prison Radio
Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.”

On the MOVE! I greet you as you rally in remembrance Martin Luther King. I join you.

In the 20th century, few names, especially a black people, ring louder than that of Martin Luther King: his life, his dedication to the civil rights movement, and his martyrdom in April 1968, made them a global icon of social justice.

Born in 1929, if he were not martyred, he would be enjoying his 90th year of life, but he was martyred, and too he was considered an enemy of the state. Why?

Because he didn’t end his struggle at the March on Washington and his I Have a Dream speech on Washington was not the last word on the subject.

His speech at Riverside Church where he denounced the Vietnam War, capitalism, martyrdom, and racism marked him as a man now walking the road of radicalism, albeit almost alone.

He was denounced by major media and betrayed by his so-called allies in the civil rights movement, like the NAACP, and because U.S. government and police considered him a communist, he was killed on April 4th, 1968, a year to the day of his Riverside speech.

He was on the side of the the poor, the oppressed, the damned, the wretched of the earth. He is against materialism, greed, and capitalism.

If you want to remember him, remember him, but remember him as he was an enemy of the state. I thank you. On the MOVE.

From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.