Service Can Unite Us to Fulfill Dr. King’s Vision of a Beloved Community

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You hear them every year around this time: The famous, feel-good Martin Luther King Jr. quotes about looking over the mountaintop, about judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, about children in cross-racial friendships holding hands. Even if you know little else about MLK, you probably know the “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls” line from his “I have a dream” speech (Shutterstock) Of course, America’s favorite civil rights sound bites don’t represent King’s entire life or worldview. Remembrances of the King legacy come amid somber reflection by many on incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by police in recent months, spurring protests and heightening tensions in the US. By 2015, it’s no secret that he was more revolutionary than his most famous quotes suggest, and that he talked about a lot more than just his famous “dream.” And the quotes that do outline his broader vision tend to get ignored — because they’re more sobering than inspiring, or because they’re too specific to be deployed by commentators seeking to invoke King in support of their own opinions.

Income gap: The income gap between African Americans and whites in California has reached its widest point in decades, a trend that reflects a broader, growing chasm between the state’s wealthy and poor, experts said. Beginning almost immediately after King’s assassination, members of Congress proposed that his birthday ought to be a national holiday, but bills mandating the occasion went nowhere. Because many of the sentiments that are less quotable — that don’t lend themselves to mugs or t-shirts — are the very same ones that demonstrate King’s most interesting and impressive qualities: he was insightful, edgy, funny, bold and not at all shy with the criticism— plus, he was pretty good at predicting the future. 1) In March 1956, speaking at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York — his first address in the North since the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott — he dropped the soaring rhetoric and made the sentiment underlying the protest very plain: 3) He proved he wasn’t afraid pointed out the ignorance of his critics, either. Selma chronicles turbulent events leading up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and the subsequent passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

He had this a remark for William Faulkner, who’d recently said the civil rights activists should calm down while white people got used to the idea of black people having equal rights. Price of compassion: Issues and tasks associated with working with and being an advocate for animals that have been or would be pets can weigh heavily on the people on the front lines in animal shelters, rescue groups and veterinary offices.

John Conyers Jr. of Michigan in September of 1979, Stevie Wonder released a song called “Happy Birthday.” Despite its cheery title, it was specifically meant to make a case for the holiday, calling out anyone who didn’t support the idea: As TIME reported in February of 1982, his administration early on had trouble with a “sensitivity gap” when it came to minorities and women. A producer on the film, Winfrey praised the 1965 marchers for their courage in meeting fierce opposition on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma – scene of Sunday’s remembrance march. “Look at what they were able to do with so little, and look at how we now have so much,” Winfrey said. “If they could do that, imagine what now can be accomplished with the opportunity through social media and connection, the opportunity through understanding that absolutely we are more alike than we are different.” White officers used clubs and tear gas on March 7, 1965 — Bloody Sunday — to rout marchers intent on walking 50 miles to Montgomery, the Alabama capital, to seek the right for blacks to register to vote. The stress can take its toll, according to experts, in the form of “compassion fatigue.” It’s a gas: Developer Paul Petrovich paints a rather gritty picture of what might be in store for Curtis Park if a segment of that neighborhood’s populace has its way when it comes to determining what kind of companies can do business in the expanded version of that venerable residential enclave.

When his Chief of Staff James Baker proposed a committee to try to fix that, one of the questions TIME suggested they might consider was the matter of MLK Day. “Until now the White House has been noncommittal,” TIME’s Laurence I. If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. 7) In a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam,” delivered April 4, 1967, in New York, he showed he didn’t see anything through rose-colored glasses, and admitted that he wasn’t super hopeful about the US’s prospects in Southeast Asia: The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality [applause], and if we ignore this sobering reality, we will find ourselves organizing “clergy and laymen concerned” committees for the next generation.

During Sunday’s march in Selma, Common and John Legend performed their Oscar-nominated song Glory from the film as marchers crested the top of the bridge as the sun set. Kings hit the road: After a seasons-long six-game home stand, the Kings go back on the road, playing Monday night against the Trailblazers in Portland at 7 p.m.

Common had a part in the movie and said that song sought to show the link between the struggle of the past and today’s injustices. “We are the ones that can change the world,” Common said afterward. “It is up to us, and it takes all us – black, white, Latino, Asian, native-American, whatever nationality or religious background. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.

So, tell your friends you’re celebrating King’s life this year by refusing to be pushed around, and by being eternally hostile. (You can continue to dream of little children holding hands, too — we have to admit, they’re pretty cute.) Helms had threatened a filibuster, tried to open King’s sealed FBI files and estimated that the cost of a new national holiday would be $12 billion in lost productivity.

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