Thank you, Dr. King. I have the privilege of working toward your sense of justice every day. It has been a conscious choice. One that has meant fewer vacations and more hand-me-down clothes. But as a woman, a progressive and, quite frankly, a compassionate citizen, right now I am livid that 1/3 of the country is up in arms over their arms while women’s autonomy and freedom of choice is under attack. While we have made much progress on the economic and racial justice you pursued, there are civil rights and liberties–such as those of women and gays–that deserve the attention and support of men, straights, and everyone. So, onward, in your memory. History’s arc doesn’t bend toward justice by itself.
Ginna Green is an OpEd Project advisor, seminar leader and mentor-editor.