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Individualism as a Political Project

Nina Eliasoph

FOR SEVERAL YEARS ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, about four hundred young people have gathered for an all-day event in Lakeberg, a mid-sized, midwestern city. Last year, we were all given folders with this quotation from Martin Luther King, Jr., inscribed on them:

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

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