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)

A Bright Future

Events to do TODAY in the Alexandria, Virginia area

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Your plans for today (Wednesday, May 25, 2016) in Alexandria, Virginia include these events:

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Simpson Park renovations in Alexandria, Virginia (Image via @RPCA_AlexVA on Twitter)

Public Workshop on Simpson Park Playground & Passive Lawn Renovation Concepts

UPDATED (5/24): Updated with NEW location for presentation and site tour CANCELLED.

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) invites the public to attend a workshop to obtain community input on the Simpson Park playground and adjacent lawn renovation on Wednesday, May 25. There will be a presentation, review of concept alternatives and discussion at 7:00 pm at the Mt. Vernon Rec Center, located at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Hooffs Run Park basketball court in Alexandria Virginia

The City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is renovating the basketball court at Stevenson Park; the basketball court at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park; the tennis court at Hooffs Run Park and Greenway; and the multi-use court at Mount Jefferson Park. Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime.

  • Stevenson Park, 300 Stultz Rd.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 21 and May 21
  • Mount Jefferson Park, 301 Hume Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 28 and May 28
  • Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, 426 E. Monroe Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and new goals will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12
  • Hooffs Run Park and Greenway, 28A E. Linden St.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and fencing will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12

Signs will be posted onsite with construction information. For your safety, please use extra caution when moving around the site.

For more information or if you have questions about the work, contact Ty Specht, Construction Manager, at 202.266.3426.

For additional information on City park improvement activities, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343.

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