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Today we Honor a Great Man

By Patrick Van Roy On January 21st, 2019

This speech has a special meaning for me. My Grandfather was on the Police Security Detail for this event and had acquired an 8mm film of it that my whole family watched at Sunday diner the following weekend. It has always stayed with me what King said. I hope you listen to it.

14 Responses to “Today we Honor a Great Man”

  1. Patrick, thank you for posting this. I’m not ashamed to say that I have tears in my eyes after listening to Dr. King. His speech to the students still rings true for this old man!

  2. same here

  3. I agree. He was indeed politically a great man.

    I also find it pleasantly refreshing that you’re able to praise a democratic socialist.

  4. Dr. King, Who was a nonviolent -militant-, and a huge opponent of American aggression in Vietnam,And of the police brutality which was widespread at the time, Is safely dead now

    He is a harmless black teddy bear to the militarist reactionaries now, who pretend to claim his mantle

    My my

  5. Paul

    I’m not so sure you can pigeon hole Dr King as a dem socialist. In the speech he said “don’t chant burn baby burn, but learn baby learn and earn ect.”

    I could listen to him speak all day.

  6. Can nobody do a post on the centenary of the First Dáil?

    Exactly 100 years ago today. Irish republicans, who had recently been elected to the British parliament, refused to take their seats in London and instead set up an Irish parliament, the first such representative body in history, in Dublin.

    They then declared their allegience to the Irish republic proclaimed in 1916, announcing “nothing less than complete separation from England”, and called upon “all free nations” to recognise the new Irish state. The new parliament then elected a provisional government and gave itself a constitution.
    Many of the elected members were absent and when the roll was being called the usher resplied for many names “Fé glas an gallaib” – imprisoned by the foreigner.
    Many of the deputies would lose their lives in the struggle over the next four years.

    The first Dail was ridiculed by almost the entire Irish and British press at the time,: the deputies were living in a dream and that a unilateral declaration of independence was preposterous in the face of the British Empire etc. The parliament was of course also illegal under British law, and was subsequently suppressed by British forces and had to go underground. But it continued to operate even through the subsequent war and in time achieved all the goals set out in the programme that day. This first Irish democracy has in fact never ceased to operate, despite war and political and economic upheaval, since 21 January 1919.

  7. King was a once in a century man, a right voice at the right time. A man who put his faith in god and faith that we can look at one another as equal works of God.

    I know all his speeches, all his writings, and all his Human frailties. He is one of my few real life heroes.

    The speech above is not one he is remembered for but to me it was his best.

  8. Can nobody do a post on the centenary of the First Dáil?

    A commendable request Noel however I suspect that with the level of ‘discussion’ of some here such a post would quickly descend into infantile name calling.

    A documant ahead of its time which still stands up to scrutiny:


    I’m not so sure you can pigeon hole Dr King as a dem socialist. In the speech he said “don’t chant burn baby burn, but learn baby learn and earn ect.”

    You may be correct Charles but these quotes make interesting reading:


    I suspect that were he to make these comments today he’d be dismissed as a ‘commie’ by quite a few.

    I could listen to him speak all day.

    Yep, ditto.

  9. If Noel wanted to write a nice historic post that presented his view in a respectful manner I’d post it.

  10. Interesting quotes on your link Paul. You’re right, and it must be remembered that the man was assassinated trying to get garbage men a 10 cent an hour raise!

  11. Also the 100th anniversary of the first engagement of the war of independence. A bit of a family connection to it as well – my great, great uncle was one of the three men to fire the first shots that day.

  12. A fundamentally decent man with normal human imperfections IMO Charles.

  13. And the 143rd birthday of big Jim Larkin.

  14. Patrick Van Roy, on January 21st, 2019 at 5:34 PM Said:

    I know all his speeches, all his writings, and all his Human frailties.

    Before the frailties are revealed, one should ask about those speeches and writings. Who wrote his writings? Well, under every rock……..


    and his frailties……..


    Hoover found out very little about any Communist subterfuge, but he did begin to learn about King’s extramarital sex life, already an open secret within the civil rights movement’s leadership.

    Hoover and the Feds seem to have been genuinely shocked by King’s behavior. Here was a minister, the leader of a moral movement, acting like “a tom cat with obsessive degenerate sexual urges,” Hoover wrote on one memo. In response, F.B.I. officials began to peddle information about King’s hotel-room activities to friendly members of the press, hoping to discredit the civil rights leader. To their astonishment, the story went nowhere.

    Of course the reality of King’s ‘frailties’ went nowhere given the ownership of the media then as now.

    A speech given by King though certainly not written by him was particularly interesting because it matches my wishes……..


    Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. The Bible tells the thrilling story of how Moses stood in the Pharaoh’s court centuries ago and cried, ‘Let my people go.’ This is a kind of opening chapter in a continuing story. The present struggle in our country is a later chapter in the same unfolding story. Something within has reminded the Negro of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained.”

    YES – “let my people go” back to Africa where, free from whitey’s racism, they can get their birthright of freedom just like all those millions who……errr……wish to flee Africa to……errr…..to suffer whitey’s racism in Europe