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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Remembering Martin Luther King in 2014

If Martin Luther King had lived, he would be 85 on January 15, 2014.

The struggle for civil rights continues with the struggle for equality. Although the Constitution clearly states "all men are created equal," we have been living in a kind of apartheid in the USA. That is, certain people have a full set of rights and other people have their lesser set of rights. Uh-uh, honeys! Not American, not Constitutional and none of us are having it.

It was the Suffrage movement that, in 1920, brought about the 19th amendment that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

America's Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968) was based on non-violent civil disobedience to end discrimination and inequality based on race. Martin Luther King, a preacher, activist, humanitarian, and leader led this movement and became a martyr when he was assassinated in March 1968.

Last year, Irene Monroe wrote in Huffington Post: [King's] now-deceased wife, Coretta Scott King... addressed the LGBTQ rights group Lambda Legal [in 1998], asserting that LGBTQ rights and civil rights are the same. "I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King's dream to make room at the table of brother and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people," she said.

We remember and give our many, grateful thanks to Rev. Martin Luther King as the struggle for equality continues.

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