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John Edwards had a private meeting with the late Dr. Martin Luther King's eldest son this past Saturday.  

I believe that all people interested in the future of this nation should take a moment, take a breath and read just what this letter says about our country, our people, our future and one stand out individual who is offering himself up to be not only our leader, but the leader of the free world.

Please consider the deep meaning of the words that make up this message...

January 20, 2008

The Honorable John R. Edwards
410 Market Street
Suite 400
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Dear Senator Edwards:

It was good meeting with you yesterday and discussing my father's legacy. On the day when the nation will honor my father, I wanted to follow up with a personal note.

There has been, and will continue to be, a lot of back and forth in the political arena over my father's legacy. It is a commentary on the breadth and depth of his impact that so many people want to claim his legacy. I am concerned that we do not blur the lines and obscure the truth about what he stood for: speaking up for justice for those who have no voice.

I appreciate that on the major issues of health care, the environment, and the economy, you have framed the issues for what they are - a struggle for justice.

And, you have almost single-handedly made poverty an issue in this election.

You know as well as anyone that the 37 million people living in poverty have no voice in our system. They don't have lobbyists in Washington and they don't get to go to lunch with members of Congress.

Speaking up for them is not politically convenient. But, it is the right thing to do.

I am disturbed by how little attention the topic of economic justice has received during this campaign. I want to challenge all candidates to follow your lead, and speak up loudly and forcefully on the issue of economic justice in America.

From our conversation yesterday, I know this is personal for you. I know you know what it means to come from nothing. I know you know what it means to get the opportunities you need to build a better life. And, I know you know that injustice is alive and well in America, because millions of people will never get the same opportunities you had.

I believe that now, more than ever, we need a leader who wakes up every morning with the knowledge of that injustice in the forefront of their minds, and who knows that when we commit ourselves to a cause as a nation, we can make major strides in our own lifetimes. My father was not driven by an illusory vision of a perfect society. He was driven by the certain knowledge that when people of good faith and strong principles commit to making things better, we can change hearts, we can change minds, and we can change lives.

So, I urge you: keep going. Ignore the pundits, who think this is a horse race, not a fight for justice. My dad was a fighter. As a friend and a believer in my father's words that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, I say to you: keep going. Keep fighting. My father would be proud.


Martin L. King, III

Originally posted to Sabre11 on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 05:07 AM PST.


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  •  Please look on the recommended diary list (4+ / 0-)

    The letter to Edwards has been diaried several times and is now on the recommended list.

    Good letter.  Already written about.

    I told you when I met you I was crazy

    by crazyshirley2100 on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 05:12:51 AM PST

    •  This makes me cry... (3+ / 0-)
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      votermom, planetclaire4, poligirl

      because Hillary and Obama are both candidates of the same old DC crap.  I know they are and I know that they are better than Bush, but they won't be much better than Bush. In fact, neither of them has what it will take to change this sick, sick country.

      I'm not sure that Edwards does either, but he has more potential than the 2 of them do.  

      I'm an Edwards gal and hope he can somehow rise up from the ashes and soar!  Thanks to Martin Luther King III for being a good witness to the reality.

  •  Great encouragement to Edwards (8+ / 0-)

    and his supporters. Edwards'conduct during the degrading Clinton-Obama "cult of personality" spat showed last night he is more an adult and more concerned about working Americans than either opponent. Stay in the race, John.

    Restore constitutional government in America. Impeach Bush and Cheney.

    by revbludge on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 05:14:16 AM PST

  •  Who the hell is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. III? (1+ / 0-)
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    Junior-the Third?!?

    And last I knew, MLK III did not have a doctorate.

    Bill Clinton built a bridge to the 21st Century; Barack Obama is crossing it.

    I will enthusiastically support our party's nominee in November.

    by DC Pol Sci on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 05:37:36 AM PST

    •  Sigh... (4+ / 0-)

      Martin Luther King III is Dr. King's son and a political activist. Here's his wiki entry:

      Think about this, please: do you really want to slur a member of the King family?

      "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

      by grannyhelen on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 05:56:21 AM PST

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      •  I don't think it was a slur (1+ / 0-)
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        DC Pol Sci

        He/she was just complaining about the painful combination of Junior and III.

        His name, as you point out, is Martin Luther King III, it's not "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. III" (which made me wince as well). The title of the diary unfortunately smacks of ignorance or haste.

        •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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          During a recent demonstration in front of the Justice Department, a CNN reporter made the same mistake, repeatedly calling Martin III "Martin Luther King Jr., III."

          My father shared a pulpit with Martin Luther King, Sr. on more than one occasion when I was growing up in Atlanta.  One of my current best work friends went to Spelman with Bernice.  Unlike Mitt Romney's father, mine actually did march with Martin, Jr., who was always called "Martin" in our house.

          My comment was, indeed, trying to set the record straight on Martin III's name.  I wasn't slurring him.  He's a part of my personal history.

          Bill Clinton built a bridge to the 21st Century; Barack Obama is crossing it.

          I will enthusiastically support our party's nominee in November.

          by DC Pol Sci on Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 07:11:48 AM PST

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          •  slurs (1+ / 0-)
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            DC Pol Sci

            I like how three people uprated grannyhelen's comment. Resounding, enthusiastic support for not throwing slurs at the King family.

            The fact that no one is slurring the King family is, of course, moot. And very few people seem to be interested in the man's correct name. That isn't as important as taking a firm stand against any possible slur, even those that aren't there.

      •  Why not? Cynthia Tucker (0+ / 0-)

        makes excellent points from time to time about the King children and their greed and low reputation in Atlanta.

        See this:

        It's not much of an endorsement.

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