Wednesday, March 7, 2018, marks one of the days in American history that changed the course of American life and politics forever. That was the day 53 years ago that white sheriff’s deputies and posse members maimed, mauled, and battered dozens of peaceful mostly Black demonstrators in Selma, Alabama. The marchers demanded one thing: The right to vote. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was one of the driving forces behind the March. And his name is forever emblazoned in the remembrances of the March.
There is another tragic reason for a King remembrance in 2018. One month after the Selma 53 anniversary commemoration marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Middle Passage Press in commemoration of the Selma March and as a prelude to the day or remembrance and reflection on the life, struggles, and towering achievements of Dr. King and the civil rights movement has released a YouTube video tribute to Dr. King along with the companion book by author and political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Fifty Years Later: Why the Murder of Dr. King Still Hurts.
Selma 53 years later and Dr. King 50 years later is a time for reflection and recommitment to the ongoing struggles against poverty, wealth inequality, the subversion of voting rights and civil rights, war, violence, and racial injustice. The You Tube Video and Fifty Years Later: Why the Murder of Dr. King Still Hurts serves as another reminder of the relevance of that fight then and now.