Here's an excerpt from another great article at ColorLines by Barbara Ransby:
Martin Luther King, Jr., would have been 82 this month, and his assassination occurred nearly 43 years ago. As we get further and further from that time, memories get fuzzy and a kind of collective amnesia sets in, as Vincent Harding has observed, some of it deliberately promoted amnesia. So, the question is how to remember King clearly and to see that amazing moment in history that he participated in through a sharp and focused lens?
Barbara Ransby is a professor of history at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She wrote the book, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. I've also read other interesting articles by her at ColorLines and In These Times.