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Martin Luther King Jr. March in San Francisco



As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King’s 83rd birthday, Sharon Shahid wonders whether his famed essay, Letter from Birmingham Jail, “would have made such a lasting impression or had as powerful an impact if today’s instant communication devices existed, and if someone smuggled a BlackBerry or a mobile phone into his cell. What would have happened if he texted the famous letter or used Twitter — in 140 characters or fewer?”

“Instead of a legacy,” she suggests, “he most likely would have started a conversation.”


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