The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s father inspired his activism with this advice: When you see a good fight, get in it.
I see a good fight.
And so did a determined group of Oakland high school students in 1981, who successfully lobbied to establish a day every year to honor Dr. King’s legacy -- to repeat his words and writings. Thanks to this activism, we keep alive this message of love, of non-violence, and of the necessity for civil rights.
They are familiar words to all of us.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
In the midst of my campaign, I am taking a pause today to remember to be guided always by these tenets -- to honor peace, to honor effective leadership, and to never sit quietly while witnessing injustice.
If I can't fly then I’ll run, if I can't run then I’ll walk, if I can't walk then I’ll crawl, but whatever I do I will keep moving forward.
Thank you, Dr. King, for your inspiration.
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