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Historians fear MLK's full legacy being lost

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's among the most famous speeches in American history, but some historians fear Martin Luther King's message is being overshadowed by the "I have a dream" speech that has become synonymous with the civil rights leader. One historian says King's 1963 remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial have put him on a pedestal of perfection that doesn't acknowledge his complex views. Another historian says King had lost the support of many by taking on issues outside of segregation in the years following the famous speech. King was working on anti-poverty and anti-war issues when he was assassinated in Memphis in 1968. In the words of Richard Greenwald at Drew University: "We're living increasingly in a culture of top 10 lists, of celebrity biopics which simplify the past as entertainment or mythology. We lose a view on what real leadership is by compressing him down to one window." Recently, King's been the subject of a presidential campaign controversy that blew up just around the time of the holiday created to honor him. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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