Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Says He Would Never Wear A Hoodie

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King then said the verdict had been reached and that Americans must accept it, before adding again, seemingly agitated, “I can almost promise you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would not wear a hoodie.“

King and two of her cousins are calling on Americans not to fight or debate about the case, which she thinks did not raise any significant racial issues.

“You’ve got two grieving and hurting families,” King said, before quoting her uncle. “We all need to live together as brothers.”

Alveda King is a former state representative in Georgia and a right-wing anti-abortion activist and minister.

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  1. It makes him look like Ted Kaczynski “The Unabomber” who was also profiled for wearing a hoodie… I like the photos of Mr King wearing his suit and bible. He didn’t wear that style to be “the man”, but because he was his “own man”.

  2. Pretty telling how you left this part out of what she FULLY said.

    “As far as trying to fit the Caucasians against African-Americans, Mr. Zimmerman is a Hispanic,” she said. “Although we are one blood, one human family, one human race, there’s a lot of deception and emotion in these things that are being spurred.”

    “Mr. Zimmerman is not a Caucasian. He’s not.”

    Even when her uncle was assassinated in 1968, Dr. King said that it wasn’t fair to blame it on Caucasians.

    Right before her father left home in order to retrieve the body of the slain civil rights leader, she said she stood in the kitchen ranting, “I hate white people!”

    “Alveda, white people did not kill your uncle,” Dr. King’s father said to her as he held her in his arms. “The devil did.”

  3. For Immediate Release
    July 17, 2013
    Contact: Leslie Palma
    Leslie@priestsforlife.org
    (347) 286-7277
    (347) 286-7277

    Dr. Alveda C. King: Judge by Content of Character, not skin color or Hoodies

    While I salute the passion and creativity of artist Nikkolas Smith in reference to the image of MLK wearing a hoodie, I feel compelled to cry “foul, shame on you” to the media moguls and civil rights legends who want to stir up a controversy where there is none. I am not angered by the artistic expression. I am just plain hurt and saddened to see the message of my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reduced to a debate over an article of clothing. I would love to talk with artist Nikkolas about my uncle.

    “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
    – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

    My grandfather was always a meticulously dressed and well groomed man. He encouraged and actually insisted that his family follow his lead, because he was grooming us all to represent Jesus, our family and our community. Uncle M. L. and Daddy grew up to become leaders and did their best to honor and respect their fathers teachings. Like all humans, they sometimes fell short, but not for lack of trying.

    I am no way suggesting that hoodies are a bad thing.The young folks in my family wear them. They are actually handy on the rain. Yet there are other ways to remember Dr. King. Perhaps most importantly that way would be found in his sermons and letters.

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
    – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech in St. Louis, Missouri, March 22, 1964

    As to the controversy, George Zimmerman seemingly never explored the content of Trayvon Martin’s character. Rather he identified and profiled Travon Martin according to Trayvon’s choice of attire which was a hoodie. We as African-Americans should never be racially profiled. We must advocate as Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated; for defining ourselves by the content of our character rather than according to the color of our skin or choice of attire. This should be the standard for every ethnic group, every family and every individual.

    Unfortunately, the trial was about finding reasonable doubt in a murder case; as to what happened the night Zimmerman shot Trayvon. Reasonable doubt was established, and thus human justice was served in a human court of law. Yet, was everyone so concerned about serving man’s legal system that we forgot to serve God?

    Sadly, the legal aspects of the trial were not about whether or not George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin. That issue now becomes a matter of civil rather than criminal law. The criminal legal process was not about hoodies and candy. It wasn’t even about smoking marijuana. By the way, two United States Presidents admit to having smoked marijuana as young men, one says he inhaled and one says he didn’t.

    This leads me to wonder what kind of man Trayvon Martin would have become if he had been allowed to live.
    By observing his parents during the time of his tragic and fatal shooting and this trial, I am sure that Trayvon would have turned out just fine. His parents have called for justice and peace during their suffering and loss throughout this entire ordeal. My prayers continue to go out to them.

    In the final analysis, Trayvon Martin represented humanity, life and purpose as ordained by God for all persons, in and out of the womb; and he deserved not to be profiled; but rather regarded as precious soul.

    Trayvon wore a hoodie not because he was black, but because it was his choice of style for teens in this time in our society. His clothing should never have been a factor in defining him.

    As Martin Luther King, Jr. was called to greatness, you, I and yes Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were called to greatness, purpose and the right to live in America. The difference is that MLK lived long enough to answer his call.

    Trayvon was killed before he could live out his call and dream, which is buried with him. George Zimmerman made a decision that has changed his life as well.

    Every human being is part of the one single human race. We are one blood. One race. We are Created with a dream inside, and when we are allowed to be born and to live out our God ordained lives, we have a chance to be great.
    Would Martin Luther King, Jr. as a teenager wear a hoodie in the 21st Century? I may not think so, but who knows. Would Martin Luther King, Jr. weep at the tragic loss of the life and dream of Trayvon Martin, and the now deferred dream of George Zimmerman? Most likely.

    • There’s a saying from back in the day. “Clean up your own backyard before you talk about someone elses”. This is from the same family that has tarnished their uncles name with the fight among themselves over money and royalty rights. You all couldn’t even agree on a museum to honor Dr. MLK, Jr but now you want to speak out against a community that is trying to hel from an avoidable tradjedy? I didn’t even waste my time reading your none sense. I’m sure there are some uncle Tom’s and Sambos lapping it up.

  4. She and her uncle would not share political views, based on the article. So, what she believes he would, or would not do, or feel is void. No, he would not wear saggy pants, but when did a hoody become thug gear, or disrespectful.

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