Dr. King spoke of two types of freedom -- one from "chains of discrimination" and one from "a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity." Somehow his first message has been taken to heart while his second has been forgotten.
As the nation prepares to dedicate Dr. Martin Luther King's National Memorial, let's give ourselves this thought experiment: "What would Dr. King be doing today if he were armed with the social media and telecommunications technology we take for granted?"
The faith of King is not conservative, one that insists on looking backwards for the "better days" that in reality never were. Rather, it is a faith that faces forward, toward a better day in a promised land.
The opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument couldn't come at a more opportune time. Hopefully it will refocus our attention on the principles he stood for, inspiring all Americans to tap into the better angels he was guided by.
While people of color and the traditionally marginalized make enormous strides with access to places never even imaginable before, the working class and poor are still under attack in extraordinary and systematic ways.