Yesterday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. There was a trending hashtag on social media #reclaimMLK that was started by the Black Lives Matter movement. While much of the United States and the world focuses on Dr. King’s peaceful stance against the injustices that African Americans continue to face, his radical side is often swept under the rug.
While Dr. King’s actions were rooted in nonviolence, the very idea of protesting against racial oppression at that time and in a nonviolent manner was radical to say the least. Pioneering the movement led him and his family to be subjected to violence, the behavior which he adamantly opposed, and ultimately led to his untimely death.
It was awesome to see so many people and entities honor this great man with the outpouring of love shown by tributes and by serving others. Do we still have a long way to go? Yes. We must continue to push Dr. King’s agenda, but we must do so in love because in his words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”