Monday, January 16, 2017

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King

Today, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

From WCVB (ABC) Boston

I marched Saturday with my chapter of the NAACP in the Albuquerque MLK March (photo by Jim Thompson of The Albuquerque Journal, 1/15/17)

A diverse crowd of about 600-700 people honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King marched down MLK Blvd. to the Civic Plaza (photo by Jim Thompson of The Albuquerque Journal)
These are challenging times for our country and for the world.  In the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. , we find an inspiration to all of us.  He faced the denigration of his life's work, criticism from his own community, FBI surveillance, violence and death in his pursuit for justice for not only Black America but also the poor, the worker, the soldier, and the immigrant.  He recognized that:  "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

His death in April, 1968 was deeply painful for me and for all of us who believed that social and economic equality is a human right.  I will always hold his life up as an example of a life with purpose.  We can keep Martin's dream alive if we act everyday in strong and reaffirming ways to combat injustice, hatred, and ignorance.  We need to do this now,  more than ever.

From WCVB (ABC) Boston
Here is Rep. John Lewis speaking at the MLK Breakfast in Miami today.  His speech is both elegant and inspiring as he speaks about his youth growing up in "Jim Crow" Georgia and when he crossed paths with Martin Luther King that changed his life:


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