Barnes & Noble is selling a book called April 4 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. 's Death and How It Changed America
Time has an essay that was adapted from the author's book:
The Burdens of Martyrdom
But martyrdom also forced onto King's dead body the face of a toothless tiger. His threat has been domesticated, his danger sweetened. His depressions and wounds have been turned into waves and smiles. There is little suffering recalled, only light and glory. King's more challenging rhetoric has gone unemployed, left homeless in front of the Lincoln Memorial, blanketed in dream metaphors, feasting on leftovers of hope lite.
It's a fair question: Has King's legacy become trivial? Do we continue to move away from his meaning and his techniques as each year passes the memorial of his death?