Niece: 'Many Of Those Who Marched' With MLK Have 'Forgotten' Loving Way He Protested

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke with WMAL's "Mornings on the Mall" with Larry O'Connor and Brian Wilson on Monday. Dr. King said that using MLK's dream to promote "causes" can be a way to "hijack" his memory. "Causes divide us," King said. She went on to say that "agape love" and "patience" in protests are things that "many of those who marched" with her uncle have forgotten.

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BRIAN WILSON, WMAL HOST: Well, you say you don't want to use the word "hijack," But, I mean, this was supposed to be a tribute to your uncle and that magnificent speech that he delivered, that inspiring speech that we still study today, and we still look at as one of the great moments in American history. And yet it seemed that a lot of people were wanting to attach their cause to the reputation and to the legend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DR. ALVEDA KING: Well, actually causes divide us. They are political in nature and divisive. They are usually uninformed or misinformed, or just downright deceptive. And so when I say I don't want to use the word "hijack," it's OK we can say "hijack," but I thank you for this opportunity to explain it. Because too many of my colleagues say, "Oh they've hijacked the dream," without the full explanation. And so yes, hijack because it is deceptive, it is deceitful and it is harmful. So if we are able to explain why then I do agree with you.

WILSON: There was also John Lewis this weekend during his speech about the march on Washington, and he said that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to him and said, "John, you need to think about your tone here. You're coming off too strong." ... Do you think that tone was something that Dr. King was sensitive to at that time?

DR. KING: It wasn't so much tone, as in moderation, but patience and agape love. And that's one thing that many of those who marched with Dr. King have forgotten. He was very strong and forceful, but it was in a loving way, like Jesus Christ, you know? Jesus was not moderate, but of course he delivered those messages with that unfailing love of God and with enduring patience. And so we're tired, I'm tired, that 50 years later we have still not achieved that dream. And yet, we have to be firm, patient and powerful. And so words like "tolerance" and "moderation," no, those are not what we need. We need transformation. We need truth. We need power.

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