Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968
We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.
The tragedies faced with our country today show that there is still so much work to do to achieve Dr. King’s dream. Many have rightfully risen up against the face of racism to demand their rights, while others are frozen, not knowing how to proceed, not knowing how to fight without the risk of the bloody backlash that is becoming all too common.
Those of us who stand on the right side of history – the side that believes separate is never equal, and that there is no superior color, gender, sexuality, or creed – will continue to fight against the injustice bred into our society, in whatever ways we can, in the name of leaders like Dr. King, until one day we are all judged simply by the content of our character.
Dr. King saw the promised land, and I hope to live to see it, too.