The fact that Dr. King's work was evolving is seldom mentioned. At the end of his life Dr. King was fighting more for economic issues. At the end of his life, Dr. King was moving out in protest to the Vietnam war because he said he could not promote non-violence in this country and promote violence in other parts of the world.
As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.
Today, too many would-be movement leaders simply want to be Dr. King or Mrs. Rosa Parks: they want the glory and privilege of leadership without the burdens or sacrifice and sustained hard work. Movements are not built from the top down by powerful leaders but percolate from the bottom up from people who share common grievances.