From Seattle Times
Internet Edition January 20, 1997.
King argued for and organized militant non-violent mass action as a substitute for, and a complement to, the slow and plodding legal system. With his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize as justification, King attacked the war in Vietnam. His methods likely contributed to the end of US involvement. According to Clarance Page of the Chicago Tribune, King was a "prince of peace". In the 15 January 1998 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Page made King relevant to the day. King would have celibrated his 69th birthday on that day and Seattle was concerned about his legacy given an initiative 200 which would put and end to many of the affirmative actions programs. Many are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's dream that individuals "be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." While not as widely known, he also had another strong belief - that a person should be measured by what he or she does to improve the lives of others. It is the establishment of systems that compels followers and defines leadership.
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