Jan 152017
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

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We celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day every year. This year – just days before the Inauguration Ceremony during which a President Elect who expressed his disregard for civil and human rights will be sworn into the office – it seems more significant than ever.

We all know who Martin Luther King Jr. was and what he stood for. We all know that while he fought to advance civil rights using wisdom and civil disobedience, the government attempted to stop him using force. Governments change. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is here to stay and for us to learn from.

I Have A Dream Speech

This year, Martin Luther King’s Day is honored throughout Los Angeles not only with celebrations such as the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade, but with numerous peaceful political protests that – like the ones MLK organized! – support civil and human rights. Similar protests are taking place throughout the country. There is a movement Online too, this is just one example. The protests may not be celebrations, but they sure are tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr life’s philosophy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said:

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

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If you are looking to attend an actual Martin Luther King’s Day celebration (he would have turned 88 today!) LAist has an impressive list.

In the words of the President Elect:

  • John Lewis, the civil rights leader (one of the original Freedom Riders!) and U.S. Congressman often referred to as the “Conscience of Congress” and the “Living Link to MLK legacy” is “All talk and no action.”
  • Meryl Streep, the greatest actress of our times, is “overrated”
  • Of course, these are only his latest targets. We still remember that neither Senator John McCain nor the American Muslim soldier who gave his life for our Country is enough of a hero for the President Elect.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

The reign of the President Elect is about to begin. He will have every opportunity to prove us wrong, to become a great President and to Make America Great Again. We’ll be there to record and – in cases of positive changes – applaud.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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