It's easy to remember Dr. King's dramatic speeches on behalf of equality, just as it's easy to remember Brown v Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. It's less easy to remember Selma, March 7, 1965, when 600 civil rights marchers were beaten and tear-gassed at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It's less easy to remember the US Marshalls that had to escort James Meredith to his classes. It's less easy to remember the soldiers in Little Rock.
There is much more to the history of the Civil Rights movement in this country than Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech, and not all of that history is pretty or moving or inspiring. Some of it, perhaps even most of it, is pretty damn ugly.