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Monday, January 21, 2013

Reflecting on the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Today, we reflect on the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

As our movement embarks on the important work to pass comprehensive immigration reform with legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants at the national level and important legislation at the state level such as driver’s license access for immigrants, paid sick days for workers, and tuition equity, to name a few, we remember the strength and perseverance that Dr. King brought to the civil rig...hts movement and his work for social and economic justice.

We also take time to reflect on his words of the need for change:

“There are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good-will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize — I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to — segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self-defeating effects of physical violence.”

And his words on struggle:

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." 

And we must never forget:

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" --Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.See More

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