Martin Luther King Jr. fought for freedom and justice. He worked tirelessly to realize a dream of a better world for all. It is his passion, dedication, compassion, and strength, which ignited a nation. So on January 20th, we honor his legacy, we remember his words, and we ensure that we are carrying the torch forward and keeping alive the dream.
Through the words of his wife, Coretta Scott King, we can hear and understand Dr. King and how his words would ring true for us all today.
Coretta Scott King, speaking four days before the 30th anniversary of her husband’s assassination, said the civil rights leader’s memory demanded a strong stand for gay and lesbian rights. “I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice,” she said. “But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’” “I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people,” she said.
January 20th is a holiday that continues to be celebrated as day on, not a day off. It is a day of service to live out our values and reflect on our goals towards furthering racial justice in 2014. We encourage everyone to participate in some of the many events taking place across the state:
2014 United Way MLK Weekend of Service (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark Counties)
“I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.