Post submitted by Samantha Masters, HRC Youth and Campus Outreach Assistant.
Days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told Memphis sanitation workers, “Let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be,” in his infamous Mountaintop Address, he was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Today marks the 46th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.
It is often easy to qualify King’s life work into that of a peaceful dreamer—one who hoped for a more equitable society—while erasing the more radical aspects of King’s personal and political messages. King’s legacy is not only one of heroism and vision about an America that lives up to its ideals. It is one of tirelessly working towards racial and economic justice.
This is especially important as LGBT people of color—especially African Americans—face a variety of socio-economic obstacles including employment, education, mass incarceration, and access to health insurance making the work of Dr. King extraordinarily relevant and necessary today.
HRC honors Dr. King's memory by continuing the fight towards a just society where LGBT can be affirmed, honored and celebrated for living in their truth.