Why conservatives call MLK their hero


CNN) – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was called a communist, an outside agitator, and a drum major for righteousness.But now a growing number of people are calling King something else:

A conservative icon.As the nation celebrates King’s national holiday Monday, a new battle has erupted over his legacy.

Some conservatives are saying it’s time for them to reclaim the legacy of King, whose message of self-help, patriotism and a colorblind America, they say, was “fundamentally conservative.”