Askia Muhammad, veteran journalist with The Final Call and news director at WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, D.C. hosted this discussion with Dr. Greg Carr, chair of African American Studies at Howard University, on the “Inconvenient Hero” that was Dr. King and how the suppression of his politics relates to the film Selma.

*Thursday January 15, 2015

The late Dr. Vincent Harding discusses his book of collected essays, The Inconvenient Hero, in which he describes the need of the U.S. to “domesticate” King in order to “honor” him.


  1. THANKS! I remember begging you to post this, and I’m glad I did and you did! You and Carr are a perfect on-air historical team!

  2. This conversation was pretty myopic the same arguments made against the media in this conversation could be applied to it. The same way you isolate a “radical” king and speculate off that with dead man what ifs, can also be used to make him a villain instead of the hero you sell him as.

  3. Remember Vernon Johns, the pastor of the Dexter Ave Baptist church, who preceded King as pastor & was fired due to his progressive actions in the community. Not a lot said about this man. Some say that Vernon Johns laid the foundation for the american civil rights movement. Otherwise, a good program.

  4. Great post. Thank you.

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