April 4, 2018
Today, of course, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. His violent death brought an end to the man and a beginning of the myth, a myth that has blurred and softened the lines of his life till he has become the prettified and de-fanged icon of today that we can all acknowledge but never have to fear. Pacified he is our token black hero.
He was a man though, and not a myth. King was extremely gifted and brave but he was also contradictory and fallible, as are all the living. John Blake has an excellent article exploring the possibilities of a different outcome on April 4, 1968: