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)

Memory tree in honor of MLK from students at Lyles Crouch in Alexandria, VA

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If you are not able to attend the City’s annual tribute at City Hall, you can still make a difference in your community. Today, January 18, make this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a day of service.

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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.

“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!”

If you haven’t seen it yet, the MLK Memorial is a fantastic shrine to a great man – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See the above video from the Smithsonian.

From the Raleigh, NC MLK Holiday Committee:

Between 1955 and 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. helped change America. He brought to the world’s attention how unfairly blacks were treated. He had the help of millions of Americans, but his strong leadership and unprecedented power of speech gave people the faith and courage to keep working peacefully even when others did not. This led to new laws that ended the practice of keeping people of different backgrounds apart, making life fairer for everyone.

America will always remember the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, on the third Monday in January, we celebrate his birthday. This is the first national holiday to honor an individual black American. The legacy of Dr. King lives in each of us and we are responsible to promote, teach and live the American Dream.

MLK Day Poster Exhibition at City Hall in Alexandria, Virginia

Annual MLK Poster Exhibition and Program
held in Vola Lawson Lobby of Alexandria’s City Hall

On Monday, January 18, 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 from January 18, 2016 through February 29, 2016. The Students’ Recognition Program will be Monday, January 18, 2016, in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The Reception will immediately follow the program and will be in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Sponsors are The Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, Inc., Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Alexandria City Public School Art Teachers, and the Office of Equity and Cultural Competency. This program is free and open to the public.

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