A year ago on Martin Luther King Day we had a good discussion about ‘Restoring Socialist Visionary Radical Martin Luther King’. This year the many activists involved in the anti-police brutality and murders of citizens, including #BlackLivesMatter and related affinity groups and hashtags, have spent the week Reclaiming King and his true radical legacy from the sanitized version that so many whites preferred. In many venues, all one is treated to is his ‘I have a dream’ speech; left out are his many condemnations of white America’s extreme militarism and capitalism, and the need for revolution against the injustice of ‘a privileged minority’, as well as a true revolution of values. Few know what a visionary prophet he was, even causing me to muse that he could almost make me believe in God.
The folks at the Ferguson National Response Network have an interactive page of actions across the US and Canada (Turtle Island, as the Indigenous name it), and while I may have posted a bit too heavily on the movement, this day seems an important one to honor; I’ll bring in a few favorite Tweeted quotes by MLK, and a few actions via Twitterpics and images. Enjoy.
They were up early in Oakland, having promised 96 hours of direct action, those beautiful souls!
A series of slides were projected onto Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s garage door
Jessica Denice @jessdenice Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. #MLKDay #MLKShutItDown
“If humanism is locked outside the system, Negroes will have revealed its inner core of despotism and a far grater struggle for liberation will unfold. The United States is substantially challenged to demonstrate that it can abolish not only the evils of racism but the scourge of poverty and the horrors of war….”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
zellie “I’m tired of marching for something that should have been mine at birth”. – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1967 #ReclaimMLK
deray mckesson Did the NAACP really say today that today is about MLK and not Mike Brown? Was that really necessary? Sigh. #ReclaimMLK
ShordeeDooWhop Mike Brown means?! WE GOT TO FIGHT BACK! #ReclaimMLK #Ferguson https://vine.co/v/Oj9eqPUYwXv
Bassem Masri @bassem_masri I’m broadcasting live about “#reclaimMLK March in #ferguson live stream ” at http://ustre.am/1hxt6
15 years.; 179 NYers killed by NYPD; 3 indictments; 1 conviction; 0 jail time.
Which reminds me, Oprah marched in Selma this morning. :)