Re: [sixties-l] The Other Dr. King

From: Stonewall McMurray (
Date: Wed Feb 21 2001 - 14:29:42 EST

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    Thanks for this piece. I remember that those of us who had moved on
    from Civil Rights to the anti-war movement longed for Dr. King to speak
    out against the war; indeed, there were some who denounced him for not
    doing so, while others understood that his doing so would cause
    difficulty for the civil rights movement, which still had things to

    When he finally gave the sermon at Riverside Church, it was broadcast
    (and rebroadcast) on WRVR, Riverside Church's-then fm station, which
    carried their services and a mix of classical and jazz. Those of us who
    had joined the anti-war movement rejoiced that he had finally come out
    aganst the war, which many of us saw as of a piece with the civil rights

    Yes, it did lead to yet more denunciations of Dr. King as red; but this
    was nothing new: it went back all the way to Montgomery, once it was
    learned that he was associated with the Highlander School and those
    nasty New York Jewish liberals, some of whom did indeed have present or
    past Communist ties.

    ANYthing on the even the right fringe of the liberal side of politics
    was often so denounced in the 40's-60's-- even, e.g., my future
    mother-in-law for urging public kindergartens in Houston, or my cousin,
    a Presbyterian minister, when his Houston congregation's elders refused
    to allow a John Bircher to donate American flags to put in every Sunday
    School classroom. (Both of these things from the mid-50's.) The
    Birchers were all over the place in the newspapers and on radio and tv.

    And even LBJ was labelled a "Communist" in his Congressional and the
    1948 Senate campaigns, because he favored low-interest-rate Federal
    loans to the Rural Electrification Program for rural power distribution
    facilities to farmers who lacked electricity because the private
    utilities thought the investment cost too high to build them and for the
    development of co-op electric generation and transmission systems such
    as the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Brazos Electric Power
    Cooperative(BEPC) which sold power to the REA coops in Texas when the
    private utilities wanted too high a price for electricity -- and this
    not from the right-wing organizations, but from the campaign of Texas'
    Governor Coke Stevenson, his opponent in the Democratic Senate Primary
    which ended in the infamous "landslide".

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