The Power TO THRIVE
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - the figure who strived for progress in racial equity and equality during the modern civil rights movement. The only non-president to have a national holiday. A world leader who focused on change and progress. A changemaker working to help the Black community thrive.
Through his actions and his words, Dr. King personified service. Working closely with NAACP, Dr. King and the SCLC organized sit-ins in public spaces and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, which attracted 250,000 people to rally for the civil and economic rights of Black Americans in the nation's capital. There, King delivered his majestic 17-minute "I Have a Dream" speech.
Now it's our turn. Below, find ways to honor Dr. King and his commitment to civil rights through actions of your own that will help make his dream a reality.
"And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true."
Dr. King's dream called to let freedom ring in this country - especially for Black people. Securing and protecting the voting rights for Black people helps continue Dr. King's dream to ensure elections are free of barriers for all eligible voters to provide dedicated resources to guarantee that all communities — especially those systematically left behind — are included.
"And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice."
Dr. King worked to address the standing issue of the Black economic struggle in America, calling for a need for fair working conditions, economic security, and healthy economic conditions to help Black families can grow in the community. Support an inclusive economy for Black America.
"Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."
Racial justice is a civil rights issue, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that as long as Black people are victims of police brutality, we will never be satisfied.
Further the dream of Dr. King by properly holding law enforcement officials accountable to help end police brutality and reform the criminal justice system.
I continue the work of Dr. King by promoting equity, not just equality, wherever I go.- Iassic W.
THRIVING IN his Dream
Today, we see the fruits of his efforts in the progress that's been made over the past few decades - but there is still work to be done before we can say that Dr. King's dream has been fully realized.
People of color are still fighting for voting rights, our system of justice still only works for a few, and the right for every worker to earn a livable wage is still not achieved.
Tell us how you continue to contribute to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in your community.
I help my community thrive by giving back to those in need. I strive to rise above the stereotypes about Black men and self-educate to ensure that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt who I am and Who's I am.- Byron B.
I contribute to the dream by simply existing. By occupying spaces that have never been occupied before by someone like me or that looks like me – by calling out the inequality of others that are like me and that look like me as well.- Michelle K.
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