Monday, January 16, 2012
Dorothy Parker and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Most people know Dorothy Parker as the acerbic wit famous for lines like, "The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue." Few know that she was a passionate advocate for civil rights, and that her proudest moment was being arrested for protesting the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants convicted of murder in a tragically biased trial.
Perhaps most telling of all, Mrs. Parker left her entire estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Upon his passing a year later, it was transferred to the NAACP.
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