Monday, January 18, 2016

Dr. King Day Signifies Fight Goes On

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It's once again the day of the year that we come together to celebrate the short but consequential life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we come together this year, we understand that Dr. King's work is far from done.  We've seen that time and time again across the country this past year.  The entire Black Lives Matter movement is emblematic of the fight that continues.

Last year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I went to see the movie Selma.  When it ended, I sat in the movie theater and tears were coming out of my eyes.  I could not believe that this country was once a country of such hate and such ignorance.

In many places, I'm not so sure that that type of behavior doesn't continue.  In other places, the hate and ignorance has been redirected into other things.  In Indiana, not only do we continue to fight those things that Dr. King fought such as racism, injustice, and poverty, but we also fight for a whole class of individuals to have their civil rights protected.  Those are LGBT Hoosiers.  I don't mean to project where Dr. King might be on this issue nor even draw an exact one to one equality to the fights, but it nonetheless is a major civil rights drum that continues to be beaten in our society.

We fight on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on so many fronts, and we hope that this is the year we finally make significant progress.

Most importantly, on this day, we remember the "drum major" for justice, peace, and righteousness.  A man who accomplished more in his 39 years than some could accomplish in two lifetimes.  We remember Dr. Martin Luther King and continue his fight by honoring his legacy.

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