Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who understood the context of time. Most importantly, he peered into the future, recognized his present and dismissed the past.
His unparalleled understanding of the context of time has left him no equal and with no successor. Malcolm X could not stand alongside the civil dignity of King. A young Jesse Jackson could not carry the mantle of King, caving instead to arrogance and profit. Opportunist Al Sharpton would only be worse — assisting in the power struggle that would deplete King’s organization. Student protestors Julian Bond and John Lewis too would leave much to be desired, though add numerous accolades to their names.