Check Out this MLK Sign in Alexandria, Virginia

MLK sign in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia along Route 1 (Courtesy Glenn Klauss on Facebook)

On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, and with less than a week before inauguration day, a Martin Luther King Jr. sign has appeared along Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia that reads ‘Refuse to cooperate with an evil system.’

The sign is located on the fencing at the soccer fields at Simpson Park in Alexandria right near Monroe Avenue. It is unclear at this writing who put the sign up.

I couldn’t find that exact quote by Dr. King. The closest I could find is “I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.”

I believe the sign is in reference to Henry Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience titled ‘Stride Toward Freedom’ which Dr. King often referenced during the Civil Rights movement. As author John Ansbro notes, Dr. King was fascinated with Thoreau’s idea in the essay of refusing to cooperate with an evil system.

What’s your favorite Dr. King quote?

(Photo: Glenn Klaus on Facebook)

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  • It looks like the quote is a slight paraphrasing from chapter 2 of his autobiography: “When I went to Morehouse as a freshman in 1944, my concern for racial and economic justice was already substantial. During my student days I read Henry David Thoreau’s essay “On Civil Disobedience” for the first time. Here, in this courageous New Englander’s refusal to pay his taxes and his choice of jail rather than support a war that would spread slavery’s territory into Mexico, I made my first contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance. Fascinated by the idea of refusing to cooperate with an evil system, I was so deeply moved that I reread the work several times.”