When one carefully studies the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it becomes evident that racists desirous of his death targeted his voice, literally. Various attacks on his body were intentionally centered on his mouth. Even on the dreadful day of his execrable assassination, April 4, 1968, it was a bullet that shattered his jaw. It wasn’t only King’s life that bothered racists, the racial caste system, Jim Crow, and white supremacy, but it was also his voice, that powerful, that revolutionary, that eloquent, that authentically black voice they wanted to silence and bury forever.
Immutable, inextinguishable, fueled by an enduring, unconditional love, King’s voice incessantly and resoundingly speaks from the grave.
Find your voice. Allow no one to silence and bury it.
Dr. Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison