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During Saturday’s annual King Center Salute to Greatness Awards dinner, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young introduced former President Bill Clinton with the utmost praise, calling him “probably the most-loved human being on Earth.” Clinton, however, had a different candidate in mind for that particular honor.
This August will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” speech, the landmark oratory for which he is most remembered. Since then, a couple generations of school kids have learned about King and his dream—and for many, the two ideas—King and dreaming of equality—are so conflated we forget King crusaded against what he called the “triple evils” of poverty, militarism, and racism.