mlk’s dynamic legacy & veganism

January 15, 2007 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Black Folks, martin luther king jr., Vegan | 5 Comments

reflecting on the life and legacy of mlk has left me to consider how deep do my beliefs (in anything) run. often referred to as a civil rights activist, the rev. dr. martin luther king, jr. was clearly more. a son, a father, husband, warrior…the list is endless. but what has struck me recently with chords of curiosity and introspection is one of the ways in which his family has chosen to carry on his work and message: the embrace of the vegan diet as a natural progression of peace and “non-violence”. both dr. mlk’s recently passed freedom fighter wife, coretta scott king and their sons, dexter and martin luther king iii, embraced the vegan diet. in an interview, dexter king stated:

“veganism has given me a higher level of awareness and spirituality, primary because the energy associated with eating has shifted to other areas…if you’re violent to yourself by putting [harmful] things into your body that violate its spirit, it will be difficult not to perpetuate that [violence] onto someone else.” click here for the rest.

my own path to the vegan diet was reached through a health conscious compass, but i can fully appreciate the meaning behind animals rights and how it can inform a decision to refrain from eating so called “meat”. the line of thinking that led martin luther king, jr.’s family to a vegan diet is commendable in my opinion – growing within and advancing the legacy by through fresh perspectives and self-analysis. in honor of king’s legacy, i can and will do more to grow and deepen empowering beliefs through staying open to new & diverse ideas, action, critical thought and self reflection. for more info on the life of the life-activist mlk check out the king center for social change‘s site. here is another site inspired by martin luther king’s message: vegan outreach



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  1. i’ve always been curious about various lifestyles, and after reading dexter king’s statement on veganism –which he credits for heightened sense of spirituality–i am now able to view the vegan diet from several perspectives. my first time here and i’m feeling it. keep doing what you do.

  2. love the way you made the philosophical connection between the spiritual foundation of the civil rights movement and how that can (and does for many people around the world) extend to how we interact with animals and our planet. don’t think i’ve ever seen a post like this…

  3. hey maurice i see the continued growth in you and your futuristic directions i am more than impressed with this article on MLK son and his awareness with food and social change wow! this site is a real learning experience not just because you are my son. it is really a positve, encouraging, informative site to help others raise their consciousness to a level of change. and i know that once the level of conscious is raised and you are open the space for change has broadened. i can see the universe eating and thinking in greater harmony especially when they have you and other brothers like dexter feeding us. thank you for sharing and allowing others to enter. i have always known and now i am happy to see that you have allowed yourself to breathe. the ancestors are very proud and forever at your side. many days of blessing ahead! love mommy

  4. when are you going to bless us with another post?

  5. […] Montgomery bus boycott. She later went on to head the Montgomery Improvement Association after MLK, a position she held until her recent death of a stroke at age […]

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