Several events in central Oklahoma, including the annual parade in Oklahoma City, will celebrate the life and historical significance today of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Various Oklahoma City events are planned to honor Martin Luther King Jr. https://t.co/9BRIvPLOC7
— Kurt Hochenauer (@okiefunk) January 17, 2016
King, as we know, was instrumental in advancing the rights of African Americans and other minority groups in the United States and was one of the main driving forces behind the federal Civil Rights Act passed into law in 1964.
King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech is considered one of the finest pieces of oratory in world history.
The concept of passive resistance employed by King and supporters eventually won a foundational victory for African Americans, but it also displayed to the world the continued scourge of southern racist brutality, which was widely documented and condemned.
The 2014 film Selma chronicles the events leading to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. King’s actions that year helped to lead to this landmark legislation as well.
Remembering and honoring King, who was assassinated in 1968, is about more than just one man. It’s about remembering the sordid history of slavery and lingering racism in this country. It’s about redemption and celebration, always, but it’s also about never forgetting the depth of racist depravity that still haunts and continues to define the American experience.
From the ”I Have A Dream” speech:
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
This special day each year gives parents a time to explain to their children the nation’s history in realistic terms, and it gives everyone space and opportunity to reflect on the beauty, power and hope than can emerge from fighting against institutional racist violence and human degradation.
In his last State of the Union address recently, President Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African ancestry, referred to “ . . . Voices Dr. King believed would have the final word – voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love.”
The president continued:
”They’re out there, those voices. They don’t get a lot of attention, nor do they seek it, but they are busy doing the work this country needs doing.”
Dr. Martin Luther King open the doors of opportunity and empowerment and continues to do so for millions of people using the voices of truth and love amid the nation’s racist violence and hate.
— Myriad Gardens (@myriadgardens) January 17, 2016