History has been kinder to Martin Luther King than actual life was for him, his family and for those participating in the Civil Rights Movement.
*Pressure of leading a movement from the grassroots up
*Lots of death threats
*Deaths of others participating in the movement weighing on his shoulders
*Choosing a non-violent route when a violent route was quite popular
Yeah, sounds like fun, huh?
It's not that every moment of the movement was "Woe is me". But it was a difficult time when tradition and laws stated African-Americans were lucky to no longer be considered constitutionally 3/5th of a person. That it would be best to simply accept 2nd class citizenship because "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
As a benefactor of those who broke the laws, sat at lunch counters to stare down pure human hatred, faced biting dogs and power hose spraying police officers, and sweat to show the ugly face of legalized inequality...