"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Here at BAB we're grateful for Dr. King and his efforts to eliminate discrimination in our country. In his famous "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28, 1963, Dr. King said:
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
We can't help but think those words might have influenced Marvel's Roy Thomas a bit, when he wrote a speech for Hank Pym in Avengers 58 (Nov 1968). When the Vision is stunned to find that the team wants him as a member, Pym says:
"Is a man any less human because he has an artificial leg, or a transplanted heart? The five original Avengers included an Asgardian immortal and a green-skinned, tormented behemoth! We ask merely a man's worth...not the accident of his condition!"
This spirit of acceptance, of understanding, is something that early Marvel comics consistently conveyed to the reader. The two of us are grateful to have been exposed to it.
We hope that someday, Dr. King's vision for our country will be fulfilled.
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.