Honor the real Dr. King

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail

Tomorrow, we struggle to honor Martin Luther King, an American hero. While for many white people, this takes the form of a three-day weekend and clearance sales, still others misremember the man as little more than a gentle preacher who “had a dream”, known for nonviolent protests and beloved by all. It’s time to explode that comfortable myth.

Dr. King was a radical. He was an outspoken critic of the undermining of Black resistance by well-meaning white people, of American imperialism, of capitalism, and of war. When you read Letter from Birmingham Jail, you see a man who is tired of waiting for white supremacy to discover its foundational error, who will struggle on toward truth at the cost of popular approval. Martin Luther King wasn’t popular, and his willingness to challenge power and privilege cost him his life.

The struggle endures. The GOP continues to suppress the votes of people of color, to prevent free and fair elections (the only way they can win). As we gear up for this year’s crucial elections, let’s take inspiration from King’s resistance. Let’s fight back, in King’s name as well as our own.


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Women’s March: Noe Valley contingent!
Saturday, January 20th
12:30pm – 3:30pm
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 21
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey Street