HIS LEGACY ENDURES 50 YEARS AFTER DEATH
FRESNANS MARK MLK DAY WITH A MESSAGE OF UNITY
On a chilly Monday morning, several hundreds of Fresnans marched to mark the 50th Anniversary since the assassination of Civil Rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Marchers peacefully walked several blocks in downtown Fresno and congregated at the City Hall, where they listened to speeches by various leaders including Fresno District 3 Councilman Oliver Baines, Congressman Jim Costa, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Fresno District 1 Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria, among others.
The speakers decried the general lack of civility in the current political environment and called for citizens not to despair and be active in seeking better governance. Costa urged the people to follow Dr. King’s footsteps and speak up against injustice. “Dr. King inspired in all of us a better America, because there comes a time when silence is a betrayal.” Costa said. He assure the marchers that when he gets back to Washington DC, he would continue to fight to ensure we could provide children’s healthcare, legals status for the dreamers and their families, avoid government shutdown that would impact men and women serving our country her and abroad to provide our national security.
Referring to President Donald Trump’s comments against African nations as shithole countries as the “8000 pound gorilla in country,” Councilman Baines fired up the crowd said Trump’s latest comments were wrong. “But let me tell you something, this is nothing new from what he has been saying since he started his campaign 2 years ago.” Baines said. He challenged Republicans to call out the President when he is wrong. “The Republican Party has to stand up for this country too,” Baines said.
Dr. King was assassinated April 4th 1968. He legacy of fighting for justice endures to this day, but as many speakers noted, the work he started is far from being done.