January 15, 2016 by hrcatlanta
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It has been nearly 50 years since Dr. King’s tragic passing, but this January we are especially reminded of his life and his legacy. His work and tireless dedication to social justice and equal rights – for all people – continues to inspire individuals around the world today.
Dr. King’s status as one the world’s most influential civil rights leaders in history has led to speculation in recent years whether he would have supported the LGBTQ rights movement. Many of King’s advisors and family members have spoken out against gay rights. However, his wife, Coretta Scott King, was an outspoken supporter of equal rights and has suggested that Dr. King would likely have supported equality for the LGBTQ community, too.
As we prepare for this year’s HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner and Auction in April, we are reminded of the many parallels between Dr. King’s mission and this year’s theme – ‘Beyond Marriage, All Rights for All People’. He was only 39 when he was taken from us, but in his short time, he taught us that humility and acceptance beget harmony. He reminded us that that the pursuit of equality is paramount. And most importantly, that we are a better and more powerful people when we stand together.
How will we stand together? In honor of this year’s MLK Day of Service, HRC Atlanta is working with two organizations for those looking to honor Dr. King through service. We encourage you all to review the below opportunities and come out to support.