Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Martin Luther King


                                                         [Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968]

Allen Ginsberg on Martin Luther King: “I met him a couple times. Once with LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) and Peter (Orlovsky) at a fundraiser when they first began SNCC, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, in Dorothy Norman’s house in, maybe, 1963. We’d just got back from India. And then we went off with her and him to a Chinese restaurant to eat and Peter asked him if he had any dreams. He said, ‘Yeah, I had a dream that I was dead and that my enemies hid my funeral so that my friends would not know where the funeral would be.’ And I saw him again in ’67 at Duke University. I asked King whether he knew anything about marijuana, psychedelics, LSD. He didn’t. But he was tolerant, he just said ‘I don’t know, I’d have to ask my friends.’ And if he knew anything about the Beat Generation literature. He knew who I was as a poet.”

- with thanks to Chuck Pirtle and Our Allen  for this citation 

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