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Martin Luther King III carries his father’s famous name and his passion for those who are disenfranchised by poverty and racism. He wants President Obama and his eventual successor to appoint a Poverty Czar, a Cabinet-level position, to combat the problems of poverty in the United States among all communities. The President referenced the persistence of poverty at a recent speech at Georgetown.

Despite America’s wealth, millions of its inhabitants remain mired in poverty, something that seems just as difficult to solve as it ever has. There are at least 11 million children who deal with food insecurity in this country and King thinks it needs to be addressed at the federal level.

“When there are issues that we’re serious about as a nation, when we are dealing with energy, we appoint an energy czar. When we are dealing with Ebola, we appoint an Ebola czar, when we’re dealing with certain trade issues, we have czars sometimes. I think at the highest levels of government we need someone who can convene business leaders, community leaders and religious leaders as a small segment of our society… A person who has the bully pulpit to say ‘I’m going to deal with this issue.’

Back in 1967, my dad was talking about a living wage. In fact, he was killed because he was talking about a economic equality for all. We really just have not made the kind of economic progress we should. We really need to roll up our sleeves and finally make this effort real.”

Although there is a lot of talk in politics about the middle class, and there will be more during the upcoming 2016 presidential campaign, the problems of the poor usually get short shrift and that’s what King wants put on the national agenda.

“Part of Ferguson, part of Baltimore, whenever we see folks rise up and destroy those communities, its because folks are sick and tired of being in the same conditions that we’ve been in for years. Rat and roach infested housing is unacceptable in 2015. Those are things we can resolve. But beyond that, when there’s no training and no jobs, when we have an abysmal public school system…why don’t we just duplicate the victories like Marva Collins in Chicago…and Geoffrey Canada and others in New York? There are examples in other cities. Why aren’t we duplicating those things? We need more engagement at the national level.”

Read on as King sets the record straight on reports of his siblings battling for control of portions of his father’s estate.

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3 thoughts on “‘I Don’t Expect Ever Again For Us To Be In Court Squabbling With Each Other’ -MLK III On Family’s Legal Issues

  1. Roland Martin’s interview with Martin Luther King III was excellent. When The Tom Joyner Show focused on the plight of Black America in the 21st century ,it really peaked my interest with all the things going on in Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago and large and small cities around this nation.
    A friend and a client of mind discussed this subject just this past Sunday. I’ve concluded for more than 2 years that many of Black America’s problems are somehow related to the lack of economic empowerment. We have never been paid fo the “40 acres and a mule” ordered over 150 years ago. We have not received our inheritance(reparations} due us from after the Civil War. Now is the time for the US government to make good on this promise.
    Reparations are surely needed now. Wouldn’t that be great? I got the plan too! My plan is called The America Reparation Plan and it will work 100% of the time even with a lot of resistance even though it is in everybody’s best interest to support this plan.. As a matter of fact even if you disagree with this plan it will help you too no matter what economic class you belong to. My plan will be the most prolific economic stimulus this Nation has ever experienced. This Nation’s economy will be on steroids. That’s no hype!

    Let me explain briefly. My proposal is that about 20 million Black American adults will receive about $1million over a 30 year period. That’s about $2500 to $3000 a month for 30 years. This way this amount will not break the Bank of the US Treasury. It’s affordable. To say that it will be too costly will be a none issue. That will eliminate that excuse. This will amounts to about 600 billion dollars a year. This a very small amount of investment that will pay huge dividends in a short time. I predict that The Black neighborhoods will change drastically in about 3 years.
    Black people will be empowered by this money. New homes will be built, some repairs, new cars, new appliances, etc. Every segment of economy will be affected. More money, more jobs, more income increases throughout the economy will be consistent with steady economic growth. Who can be against that? Also there will be more profits for corporations. More demands equal more profits. More profits equal more dividends and more employment and more taxes. All levels of Government can do more with more revenues. The Schools all over the country will have the opportunity to be excellent because income is an indicator of how great our schools will be. Problems solved right? It’s not a cure all but it will definitely beat what’s going on now.
    New businesses will be created. There will new employees hired. There will be more money to spend in an ever growing economy.
    When The American Reparation Plan is implemented by Congress it will lift the US economy into the stratosphere and the economies like China will not be able to compete with America’s. Who knows, maybe will be able to loan China some money one day in the near future when The American Reparation Plan is implemented. The whole world’s economy will be impacted positively.

  2. Amy Steward on said:

    just as Susan replied I am amazed that anyone can earn $4376 in one month on the computer . view website

  3. TC Connolly on said:

    Charles Barkley said it right. The cops may not be perfect. But without them you have the wild west.
    You need look no further than Baltimore for the perfect example of what he said..

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