How Martin Luther King Jr. Became The Face of Anti-Racism

He was an American who fought for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 60s. Yet, he is known all over the world as the face of Anti-Racism. His name is found everywhere across Africa. He has a bridge in Burkina Faso named after him. A school in Kampala, Uganda had the motto “Have a Dream” taken from King’s iconic speech in Washington DC.  In rural Liberia, one official spoke proudly of a privately owned Martin Luther King School. “Martin Luther King was a great man. We still follow his dream,” said J. Maxime Bleetahn, director of communications at the Ministry of Education.

Africa’s fight against colonialism mirrored in many ways, King’s struggle for equality and anti-racism in the USA. King first came to Africa in 1957, to attend the celebrations marking Ghana’s independence from Britain.

After he returned to Africa in November 1960 to attend the inauguration of Nigeria’s first president, King said African leaders had told him “in no uncertain terms that racism and colonialism must go, for they see the two as based on the same principle.”

King also was a strong critic against the Apartheid Regime, at a time when the oppressive laws in South Africa seemed to be at their worst. In December 1965 King delivered a speech in New York denouncing South Africa’s white rulers as “spectacular savages and brutes” and called on the US and Europe to boycott the nation, a strategy the West eventually embraced and that helped end white rule.

Nelson Mandela was well aware of King’s influence in establishing a voice of equality and anti-racism across the globe and went on to mention him in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on 1993. “Let the strivings of us all prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war,” Mandela said. The Nelson Mandela Foundation plans to mark the anniversary of King’s assassination.

King’s vision also described the idea of non-violent resistance, which several activists across Africa still adhere to. King described the importance of education as well as a source of empowerment and social equality.

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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