DETROIT – There are protest, memorials and plenty of people doing volunteer work on Monday to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Local 4 posed the simple question to everyone we’ve spoken to today. Local 4 asked, ‘In your view, what is the state of Dr. King’s dream?’ The one he spoke of seeking: equality, social justice, rights for workers, unity.
“When I think about the state of the dream, the state of the dream is fluttering,” said Rev. Wendell Anthony.
“We always see every Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as the kind of Instagramming of quotes by people and especially by political figures,” Dwyer said. “Today is a day to pause and examine who is quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. and at the same time is fighting forward motions of the voting rights act.”
Voting rights came up over and over again.
The stories I hear, especially the ones that really broke my heart, is someone in the 70s who said, ‘I was fighting for this in my early 20s, and now, years later, my grandchildren, myself, all of us are still fighting for the same rights and the same access,’” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
While marching and serving the homeless and reflecting is still considered part of the day’s important work, many say the heavy lifting must be done every day of the year.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. did his best,” Anthony said. “He paid the supreme price for us. Can’t we not get a flesh wound? Can’t we not get a scrape? You don’t have to go to the mountain top like King, but can you come off the asphalt pavement for you and me in your neighborhood?