“No one really knows why they’re alive until they know what they’d die for.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
One thing I learned today is that, no matter how much you think you know about the Civil Rights Movement, it’s impossible to fathom what actually took place. It’s physically hard to imagine so much hate and oppression and injustice existed not so long ago (even when sounds and images and Dr. King’s handwritten notes are right there in front of you). And it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that, after everything, we continue to struggle with similar issues today.
If we truly wanna do right by the people who paved a way so we can live freely amongst each other — not just MLK, but Till, Parks, the Freedom Riders, the Little Rock Nine, Rustin, Baker, Lewis, and the hundreds of thousands who were willing to sacrifice themselves for a better world — I learned today that there’s so, so much more we still need to do. What are you willing to do? How far are you willing to go to protect your rights? If not for you, who?
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