Tear down walls separating us as human beings

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 10, 2017 at 10:57 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2017 at 6 a.m.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to make the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. a legal public holiday.

Since his untimely death in 1968, Americans have worked to honor his memory and all that he fought so hard for. He was, perhaps, the most important voice of the American civil rights movement and is recognized for his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of 250,000 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Somehow, the notion that all men are created equal is still challenged. Somehow, there are still instances in which hatred is spread. Somehow, crimes are still being committed against each other because of one's skin color or ethnicity or sexual orientation.

We, as a people, as a community, need to continue the good fight and love one other, differences and all. We can show our neighbors that we respect them and will not tolerate racism in any form.

Every year, residents come together to march and commemorate King.

This year, on Monday, join them.

The march will conclude at Webster Chapel United Methodist Church at South Wheeler and East Convent streets. There will be speakers, singing and dancing. All are invited.

Another option is to join the Victoria Area Homeless Coalition in their efforts to meet the needs of those without the most basic of necessities. This week, donations for blessing bags and loose change for laundry can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St. The blessing bags will be put together from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of his legacy of strengthening communities.

In a time when people talk about building a wall, take the initiative to talk about tearing them down.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.


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