martin luther king day

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Such a beautiful day today. I enjoyed the sound of birds singing and bees buzzing while about their business. #littlethings

Some reminders about Dr. King before tomorrow:

  • US government agencies were implicated in the wrongful death lawsuit in a civil trial in 1999 that his family fought for years and which was then buried by the justice department.
  • He spoke out against police brutality, capitalism, and war.
  • He believed that white moderates were and are the greatest threat to civil rights, moreso than any hate group.
  • He was arrested over 10 times.
  • He was considered a dangerous radical by the majority of white Americans. 
  • He refused to condemn rioters, because “a riot is the language of the unheard.”
  • Any white person who voted for Trump who tries to use MLK or his words as a rhtetorical tactic to justify their bigotry and complain about people protesting can personally come to my apartment in the next 24 hours for an ass-kicking.
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January 15th 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. born

On this day in 1929, the future civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Born as Martin King, he and his father changed their names in honour of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. King entered the ministry in his twenties and first came to national attention for his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. This event is considered by many to be the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, which saw a national struggle to end discrimination against African-Americans. King was one of many leaders, but became the face of the movement for his nonviolent tactics and powerful oratory. In 1963, during the March on Washington, King delivered the crowning speech of the movement - the ‘I have a dream’ speech. Beyond his role in combating racial inequality, King also focused on tackling poverty and advocating peace, especially during the Vietnam War. On April 4th 1968, King was shot and killed by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee. He lived to see the legislative achievements of the movement - the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act - but tragically was unable to continue the push for full equality. The movement King set in motion continues to be fought today; the United States is still not a completely equal society and systemic discrimination persists. However, thanks to Martin Luther King, America is closer to fulfilling King’s dream of a truly free and equal society. Since 1986, a national Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

Today would have been his 88th birthday

Daily reminder that on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we should all challenge everyone who misuses MLK’s legacy to proclaim that racial strife is over.

We should challenge those who promote nonviolence only as a means to defang modern social movements.

We should challenge those who use MLK’s name as an excuse to silence  resistance. 

We should challenge those who believe that a protest should be passive in order to gain legitimacy.

We should challenge those who proclaim that MLK ended racism.

We should challenge those who believe that the United States government loved MLK or would continue to love him if he were alive and in action today. If that were the case, the United States wouldn’t send him suicide letters or assassinate him.

We should challenge the idea that MLK’s only goal was to gain civil rights.

We should challenge the idea that MLK was the only activist that mattered and that only nonviolence is the route to political and social change.

And most importantly, we should challenge the diet interpretation of MLK that had nothing critical to say about the pro-white, patriarchal, capitalist state we live in.

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I have a dream

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!”

- Martin Luther King Jr., delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Happy MLK Day America and the whole world!

one of my proudest moments as a parent
  • my six year old: do you know who Martin Luther King Jr is?
  • me: no. who is he?
  • son: Martin Luther King Jr was the sweetest man ever. He was brown. Not like us, we're white. And back a long time ago, the brown adults and even the kids (completely appalled), had to do all the work. And when the brown kids got to play on the playground after they were done work, they couldn't play with the white kids.
  • Me: that's not nice.
  • son: no, it isn't. and Martin Luther King said that the brown kids and the white kids should be able to play together bc we should love each other no matter what. As long as we're all good people, we're the same people.
  • me: oh, wow. what happened to him?
  • son, tearing up: he was shooted and killed. He died bc not everyone knew that he was the sweetest man in the world. Some people thought that his good was their bad.
  • Me: what do you think?
  • Son: I really, really hope that one day we get a new sweet boy or girl like him that will make the world even better.
  • Me, speechless by this level of emotion and understanding in a 6 year old: ...
  • Son: ...
  • Son: ... can i have some pudding?