KING, Martin Luther, Jr. Typed manuscript, "Comments on John F. Kennedy," by Martin Luther King, Jr., N.P., September 1964, 6pp 4to, top of page 1 with added copyright notice and labeled "Original," text with typed interlinear revisions and emendations. -- KING. Typed document signed ("Martin L. King") and initialed ("MLK") on each page, [New York], 22 May 1967, 3pp, folio. memorandum of agreement regarding the German translation of King's Where Do We Go From Here?.
KING EXTOLLS PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S "TOWERING ACHIEVEMENTS" IN CIVIL RIGHTS AND WORLD PEACE
One year after John F. Kennedy's murder, and two months after the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. offers a perceptive commentary on the legacy of the slain president who presented that bill to Congress: "His last address on race relations," King writes, "was a forthright declaration of total war on inequality. No other American President had written with such compassion and resolution to make clear that our nation's destiny was unfulfilled so long as the scar of racial prejudice disfigured it." He links Kennedy's championing of Civil Rights with JFK's "other towering achievement," the Limited Test Ban Treaty. Both, King asserts, reflect Kennedy's belief that "there could be, and should be, a world of diversity...that different societies, different political systems, and different races could exist on the same small planet." When the peoples of the world identifies so warmly with a man, King noted, "he may have passed on, but he has not died."
These words presage the dramatic shift in King's activism after 1964, beyond just civil rights and racial equality to global matters of war, poverty and injustice. His 1967 book, for example, Where Do We Go from Here (referred to in the contract) includes a radical plan for ending poverty by providing a guaranteed income for all Americans. King's radicalism lost him much of his former support among political and business elites, but he realized that being respectably moderate simply was not enough in the face of all that was wrong with America and the world in the late 1960s. Together two items. (2)