Dream Like a King MLK t shirt men’s


The story behind the design:
Activist, Humanitarian, and Leader, Martin Luther King Jr. had a profound impact on America in a turbulent time of history. He was an eloquent voice of nonviolence an progress always working to rise above hate and violence. While MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent work on racial equality, he was also considered a threat to our nation’s establishment. He was the focus of secret FBI counterintelligence operations with the goal to stop his social impact. Though his life ended tragically early, many of MLK’s goals were achieved and the dreams that MLK lived by have been an inspiration to many.

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Men’s/Unisex slate grey, Dream Like a King T-shirt. American-made and hand-printed in Wisconsin with eco-conscious water-based inks. 100% combed ringspun USA cotton, fashion-slim fit, men’s t-shirt. Centered, front MLK print and text with additional back MLK text design and logo on upper back. A variation of this design is also available in Women’s T-shirt.

Available in Mens or Womens. 100% comfort, machine wash cold. 

Documented History:
Martin Luther King Mr. was pushed onto the national scene in in 1955 as the leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery Alabama. At only 26 years old, MLK was already a Baptist Minister and a leader for racial equality. In 1957 he helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC) and became the organization’s founding president. King was a follower of Gandhi and a strong advocate of peaceful protests and nonviolent actions. He helped organize many events throughout the South that gained national attention and brutal police retaliations.

In 1963, MLK delivered I have a Dream speech at the March on Washington, one of his most famous speeches. In 1964 MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent movement to create racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr. was influenced by the actions of Gandhi and the readings of Christian-anarchist Leo Tolstoy and the great writer Henry David Thoreau of the school of Transcendental Idealism.

MLK’s largest struggle was for racial equality but there were many issues that MLK worked towards. Ending the Vietnam War and poverty became increasingly important in the years leading up to his untimely death. MLK became an increasing threat to the white powerful of the American government. Under J. Edgar Hoover the FBI created COINTELPRO, a massive secret counterintelligence program, designed to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or OTHERWISE NEUTRALIZE” the activities of liberal groups and organizations.

FBI director J. Edgar Hoover personally ordered surveillance of King, with the intent to undermine his power as a civil rights leader and Hoover labeled MLK as a hate leader demanding constant FBI surveillance. According to the 1975 Church Committee investigation by the United States Congress “From December 1963 until his death in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the target of an intensive campaign by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ‘neutralize’ him as leader for social change.

Dream Like a King MLK t shirt men’s

Though MLK and the SCLC had only participated and organized peaceful actions and nonviolent protests, the FBI categorized their social dissent as a hate group, equating the group to a modern American terrorist organization. With this declaration and the specific naming of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King Jr. all movements of MLK and the group were tracked – phones were tapped and the FBI worked endlessly to deter and eliminate his significance. The FBI infiltrated MLK’s inner circle with an entire COINTELPRO FBI unit dedicated to “neutralize” Martin Luther King Jr. MLK and the SCLC were monitored by both the FBI and the NSA.

On April 4, 1968 the FBI’s “neutralization” efforts sadly succeeded and MLK was assassinated while in Memphis Tennessee to attend an AFSCME rally in support of black public works sanitary employees. Though the official government theory is that James Earl Ray acted alone in MLK’s assassination, there remains significant questions and information contradicting Ray’s involvement. The 1999 Wrongful Death Civil Trial shows that Special Forces of the U.S. Government, acting with state and local agencies conspired and assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill restaurant adjacent to the Lorraine Motel also spoke freely of Mafia involvement and the framing of James Earl Ray in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Jim Douglas of The Fellowship of Reconciliation magazine wrote of the governments carefully interwoven plot to kill Dr. King. “The seriousness with which US intelligence agencies planned the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks eloquently of the threat King and nonviolence represented to the powers that be in the spring of 1968.”

Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. riots broke out in cities across the United States.



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Weight .25 lbs

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