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)

Friends of Guest House in Alexandria, Virginia (Courtesy photo)

Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor Christopher Lu coming to Friends of Guest House in Alexandria

The Deputy Secretary is going to be leading a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event at Friends of Guest House, a non-profit organization that provides re-entry support to female ex-offenders in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 11:30-1. During the event, participants will work alongside staff and clients to sort clothing donations, write letters of encouragement, or facilitate mock interviews and basic budgeting discussions.

More information available by calling Kari Galloway at 703-473-5474 or via email

MLK Day Poster Exhibition at City Hall in Alexandria, Virginia

I went over to take a look at these late last night as I will be out of town this weekend. Here are the details…

On Monday, January 19, 2015 from 1:00 -3:00 pm, the City of Alexandria honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual Poster Exhibition and Program. Posters will be on view from Alexandria City Public School students in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall. A special program will also be held in the Lawson Lobby from 1:00-3:00 pm. This program is free and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s program is: ‘The Journey to be Free: Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial’. The kids did an EXCELLENT job on these as they always do. I will be posting my favorites on our Instagram and social sites in case you can’t make it to City Hall (although I encourage you HIGHLY to do so…). You can view one of my favorites at this link.

After the program, the posters remain on view in the Vola Lawson Lobby until the end of February.

For more information call 703.746.4356.

MLK Day Poster Exhibition at City Hall in Alexandria, Virginia

The motivating, historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was powerfully delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over 50 years ago and continues to inspire generations of people. Today is Dr. King’s birthday.

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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