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40th anniversary of Martin Luther King assassination: U of M professor explores parallels between the civil rights leader and Barack Obama

April 2, 2008

Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. A University of Minnesota political communications expert analyzes the parallels between the civil rights pioneer's legacy and presidential hopeful Barack Obama:
 
Kirt Wilson, University of Minnesota communication studies associate professor

Wilson says that both share the same tone of inspirational speeches and also recognize that rhetoric must be coupled with political work and even compromise. Additionally, both have understood the extremely complex nature of race in American public life. Wilson's academic research centers around presidential, political and African American rhetoric. 

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