remembering martin luther king

If you ever feel bad about yourself just remember

Einstein: dead
Abraham Lincoln: dead
Martin Luther King Jr: dead
Mark Zuckerberg: dead
Marco Polo: dead
Tubba Blubba: dead
Pringles Can Dude: dead
Steve: dead
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi: dead
Raiden: dead
The person who invented Chiclets: dead
Zoltar: dead

You: not dead yet

Get out there. Breathe in some fresh air. Drink six gallons of water per day. Ride a ferret like a dumb tiny horse. Release a thousand mice with glitter bombs strapped to them into a retirement home. Do a sick kickflip up to heaven and punch St. Peter in the dick. Call your grandparents. Test a Czechoslovakian dildo. Crab walk into the ocean and scream. Set fire to your friend’s car and drive it into a funeral procession while blasting My Chemical Romance (not Helena, that’s too cliche). Start a war with nerds. Hire a cat impersonator. Fight a ghost.

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do.

Be everything you want to be.

Never give up.

January 17, 1961: Congo independence leader Patrice Lumumba executed following a military coup supported by U.S. and Belgian imperialism.

“As we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., take a moment to remember another freedom fighter who perished in the struggle for liberation. Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was assassinated 52 years ago today, on 17 January, 1961." 

Via Richard Reilly

Representative John Lewis remembers when he first met Martin Luther King, Jr. during a discussion this summer with artist Danny Lyon. Lewis and Lyon first met in the 1960s, when Lewis was serving as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Lyon was a principal photographer of the Southern Civil Rights Movement and a staff member of SNCC. Watch more.

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August 28th 1963: March on Washington

On this day in 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place. The march was a key moment of the Civil Rights Movement, and a triumph for the nonviolence philosophy which underpinned the movement. The march is best remembered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial, which extolled King’s vision of an America free of racial discrimination. Other speakers included chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee John Lewis and veteran civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph. When politicians in Washington heard about the march many, including President John F. Kennedy, feared that there would be violence and rioting. The peaceful gathering of over 250,000 supporters of civil rights, with many whites in attendance as well as African-Americans, highlighted issues of racial discrimination and unequal housing and employment. The demonstration in the nation’s capital, and King’s speech in particular, spurred America into action and paved the way for the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act, vital tools in the fight for racial equality.

“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 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.”

Can we just STOP with the “Martin Luther King, Jr., Didn’t Riot But He Changed the World” Thing?

First, MLK was relentlessly investigated by law enforcement authorities on suspicion of being a Communist. His supporters were abused and murdered by both civilians and law enforcement over the years. The FBI spent vastly more resources trying to demonstrate that he was causing riots as a paid agent of Soviet Communism than they ever spent investigating the endless murder threats to his life. And, of course, the FBI mounted multiple sting and other investigations to expose and exploit his all too human flaws, particularly his cheating on his wife. His life is hardly a good model of police-citizen relations.

Second, King faced endless, brutal criticism for the peaceful protests he led. Lots and lots of (mostly) white people insisted that now was not the time to protest, that social and political change would best happen at its own pace, over a long period. Heck, has anyone actually read “Letter from Birmingham Jail”? The whole thing is a response to a letter published in the Birmingham paper in which white ministers asked why an “outsider” like King would come to Birmingham to lead protests, leading to his famous response “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” There is never a convenient time for protest, or an acceptable way to demand change from majorities that like things the way they are. Martin Luther King may be an American saint now. But he wasn’t when he was alive. Let’s not kid ourselves.

Third, is it now required that we all be Martin Luther King? Is it required that we all have the patience to endure endless harassment and violence in order to be “worthy” to protest? Do remember that King himself had largely abandoned the philosophy of nonviolence at the time of his assassination. For example, he was only in Memphis in April 1968 supporting a direct action strike by sanitation workers in the city, an action LOTS of people would have called violently disruptive to the health of the community. His movement only seems beatific in retrospect, through the lens of the rioting and social chaos that ensued his marginalization in the later 1960s and 1970s.  There are no perfect protestors even when there is much to protest.

I do not think the Martin Luther King, Jr., you remember is the Martin Luther King, Jr., who actually lived. 

Bryanna Jenkins celebrates Marsha Johnson

Join us this Martin Luther King Day as we remember the work of unsung heroines who sparked change in the many civil rights movements of decades past. In this video, Bryanna Jenkins talks about Marsha Johnson, a co-founder of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and the woman who is widely believed to have been the first person to fight back at the Stonewall riots.

Bryanna Jenkins founded the Baltimore Transgender Alliance to improve the lives of trans people in her community. Bryanna is a trans woman who is committed to increasing the visibility of Baltimore’s Trans community and grinds every day to dismantle systems of oppression.

To learn more about Marsha Johnson and other unsung civil rights heroes, go to mlk.lookdifferent.org

this martin luther king, jr. day, let us remember bayard rustin, civil rights leader and personal mentor to dr. king, whose non-violent tactics deeply informed the tenor of king’s own protests, whose tireless work for the advancement of a socialist agenda to benefit the poor saw his name tarnished in the wave of anti-communist sentiment that overtook the nation, whose open homosexuality ensured that homophobic forces within and without the civil rights movement suppressed his memory. we can remember him now for the giant of social justice work that he is, for the way he combated the villainies of intersectional oppression that can provide a sure inspiration to today’s queer people of color.

Since today is Martin Luther King Day, let us also remember this great man’s great wife: Coretta Scott King. Coretta was a tremendous champion of equality in her own right, and her work promoting nonviolence expanded to include animals as well as humans. Coretta lived as a vegan for the final decades of her life.

Coretta and Martin’s son, Dexter Scott King, also became an avid animal rights activist.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, a nation remembers and honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose struggle for civil rights continues to inspire on his 85th birthday anniversary.

King’s landmark moment was perhaps the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was celebrated just last year during its 50th anniversary.

As Vernon Watkins, a march attendee, recollected:

“He just leaned into the moment,” Watkins said. “Looked out at the crowd the way Baptist preachers do and gave them what they needed: that idea of the dream. You might have to wait, but if you fight for dignity, everything is going to be OK.”

King prodded him to imagine an America racially unified instead of divided. Still, it was the entire afternoon, taken together, that left the most lasting impression: the camaraderie, the thoughtfulness, the feeling that if a gathering like this could take place, it was time for Watkins to expand his horizons.

Photos: Gene Herrick, Charles Gorry / Associated Press, Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images

“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” Ellen DeGeneres

God loves all of his children unconditionally, the bible does not mention skin color of any type: it is not important to the message. It does not change Gods love for you. In fact, He tells us in John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Again He does not mention race, only commanding us love for his children (all humankind) like He loves us: unconditionally. He goes on to tell us in John 13:35 that “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Not only is loving His children a heavenly commandment it is a proof of our devotion to the Lord, and an important part of being a Christian.

We must remember Martin Luther King Jr’s inspiring quote “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.” We must be the change we wish to see in the world, and it is important to base each interaction we have on the individual and not on any external prejudice.

We are taught in Titus 1:15 that “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” This scripture has significance to many topics and in many contexts but doubly so in this one: if you approach race without prejudice then every person regardless of ethnicity is just a person, and a Child of God just like you are. We are ordered by God not to Judge in Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” And it is explained why we should not be judgmental in Matthew 7:3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” We each sin, none of us are perfect, why should we hold something that a person has no control over like their birth against them. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28