by Jack Minor –
A relative of Dr. Martin Luther King has praised Herman Cain for obeying his father and finishing his studies rather than participate in the civil rights movement
During an interview, MSNBC host, Lawrence O’Donnell, asked Cain if he regretted “sitting on the sidelines during the civil rights movement.”
In response to the O’Donnell’s statement, Walter B. Hoye II, President and founder of the California Civil Rights Foundation, said Cain was a teenager at the time and the majority of marchers wanted their children to finish school.
That is what happened with Cain, whose father advised him to focus and excel in his school work.
Hoye said Cain’s obedience to his father showed he is the type of leader America needs. “By obeying and honoring his father, Mr. Cain was being prepared for 21st Century leadership.”
Dr. Alveda King, niece to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., echoed Hoye’s sentiments and praised the organization for clarifying the issue.
King said that people such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and members of the Congressional Black Caucus claim to be followers of Dr. King; but when it comes down to producing results, they have not helped the black community.
“In stark contrast to the failed vision of many far-left black leaders, Mr. Cain believes in empowerment — not entitlement,” King said, “Mr. Cain’s goal is to help improve all quality of life.”
Cain was considered a long shot candidate at the beginning of the campaign season, however, as Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry have stumbled in recent debates, his popularity has risen.
Cain recently began running a series of ads on the Rush Limbaugh show. Limbaugh jokingly said Cain would now be heard in “all 57 states,” a reference to a statement by President Obama during the 2008 campaign.
Following the ad buy, Politico broke a story claiming that Cain has engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment over the years. In the past five days the blog has run over 90 stories on Cain’s alleged sexual indiscretions.
Despite the vast number of stories, no specific details have emerged concerning exactly what it is that Cain had supposedly done. While there have been calls by members in the media for the National Restaurant Association to release Cain’s accusers from their confidentiality agreements, there have been no calls for the association to release its findings on the investigation.
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