Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the evening of April 4th, 1968, our country was robbed of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in our history, an event that sparked race riots and tremendous emotional outpouring across our nation.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 44 years ago today while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Upon hearing the news of Dr. King’s assassination, then-Sen. Robert F. Kennedy said:

“Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in…[W]e can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Photo credit: Kelson

While Sen. Kennedy was referring to racial discrimination when he gave this speech, his words can be applied to the struggle for marriage equality in our time.

The state of Washington furthered Dr. King’s dream of love and justice between fellow human beings during the 2012 session with the passage of marriage equality. We showed the rest of our nation and the whole world what kind of state we are – the kind of state where no one is a second-class citizen.

Well done, Washington.

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