What version of Martin Luther King, Jr. do you remember learning in grade school?
If your experience was anything like mine, it was a sanitized King story, heavy on children holding hands and light on the measured, strategic brilliance. It was also an isolated, finished King story: a "great man" narrative in the distant past, where the multitude of faces marching behind and beside him are barely noticed or acknowledged.
But the real, extraordinary story of King isn't just the story of an individual. It's the story of an entire movement for social justice, a radical one driven by thousands upon thousands who risked, and continue to risk, their well-being and even their lives to organize for a better world. It's the story of a fight for equality that continues today. King's true greatness lay in his ability to understand, articulate, and live that vision.
This MLK Day, I hope you'll join us and our many allies on the MLK Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment March (MLK DARE), as we live that fight in our world today. We'll march for an end to stop and frisk, a $15 minimum wage, the right to organize, and a fully funded and democratically controlled school system.
MLK DARE March
Monday, January 19
440 N Broad. Street
1:30 pm rally
March begins 2:00 pm
King told us that the arc of the moral universe curves towards justice, but he also made it clear that the arc curves only because we organize together to bend it. This coming Monday, let's honor King's legacy by continuing that work.