Martin Luther King’s Legacy in the Age of Obama

Louis Chude-Sokei gave it to the audience straight.

“We’re in quite a celebratory mood,” he said, speaking with Robin D.G. Kelley at the Hammer. “Neither of us wants to ruin anybody’s buzz, but we might in fact do just that.”

And so the two scholars began to burst the country’s bubble, on the day of honor for its greatest civil rights leader, and on the eve of the inauguration of its first black president. Beyond their ability to mobilize activists – albeit for different ends and in different ways – Barack Obama …