This year, a look at the worthy memorial we now have in Dr. King's honor on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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Would King have championed gay rights?, CNN asks:
Ravi Perry, a political science professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, said Kingâs widow once said in a public speech that everyone who believed in her husbandâs dream should âmake room at the table of brother and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.â
There is no private or public record of King condemning gay people, Perry says. Even the FBIâs surveillance of Kingâs private phone conversations didnât turn up any moment where King disparaged gay people, she says.
âIf Dr. King were anti-gay, there would likely be a sermon, a speech, a recording of some kind indicating such,â she says. âAnd knowing how closely his phones were tapped; surely there would be a record of such statements.â
Those who say King did not condemn gays and would have supported gay rights today point to Kingâs theology.
Though King was a Christian minister, he didnât embrace a literal reading of the Bible that condemns homosexuality, some historians say. Kingâs vision of the Beloved Community â his biblical-rooted vision of humanity transcending its racial and religious differences â expanded peopleâs rights, not restricted them, they say.