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