‘Heaven was the word for Canada,’ Martin Luther King said.


B00Mer
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‘Heaven was the word for Canada,’ Martin Luther King said. Yet a year after his death we offered unwitting asylum to his killer



In a 1967 Massey lecture — his only address to a Canadian audience — Martin Luther King had praised Canada as “not merely a neighbour to negroes.”

The civil rights leader explained that in 19th century negro spirituals, American slaves had often sung of journeying to “heaven.” But the slaves were not singing about the hereafter; they were relaying coded instructions for an escape to freedom.

“Heaven,” said King, “was the word for Canada.”

Less than a year later, King was dead, and the country he had praised so highly as a haven for escaped slaves was serving as an unwitting asylum for his killer.

source: ‘Heaven was the word for Canada,’ Martin Luther King said. Yet a year after his death we offered unwitting asylum to his killer | National Post (VIDEO)
 
damngrumpy
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Strange story indeed how it matches up with the killer of king and at the same time
being the universal word for refuge from the American slavers most interesting indeed
 
Praxius
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Said1
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We're an ironic country.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by Said1View Post

We're an ironic country.


........Totally ironic.

When not being iconic.


(sorry))
 
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