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The Idol and the Republic

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 4:32 a.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. (center) and Bayard Rustin, right, in 1956, when they were leading the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. They are shown with the Rev. Ralph Abernathy (left).

Martin Luther King Jr. (center) and Bayard Rustin, right, in 1956, when they were leading the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. They are shown with the Rev. Ralph Abernathy (left).

It is that time again, mixing mourning and gratitude, to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. And this year Americans can gather at his still new—and still controversial—memorial in Washington.

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Editorial, Pages 12 on 01/15/2013

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