What Would Dr. King Think About the Siege of the Capitol?

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Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 28 August, 1963, on The Mall in Washington, DC, during the 'March on Washington' where King delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." But what would he say about this particular bend -- four years of President Trump culminating in a violent insurrection? Emory University professor Audra Gillespie, who has written about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in American politics, joins us to reflect on how Dr. King might respond to the current political moment and the pandemic, which have exposed glaring inequities in our society.


Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory University