Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. as His Movement Lives On

Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. as His Movement Lives On

We honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy in the civil rights movement. Dr. King’s work is not yet finished, and it is up to us to continue marching toward progress and a more just and inclusive society.

After the attack at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the urgent need to stop the spread of hate is clear to every person who watched in horror as rioters – some number of them carrying Confederate flags, nooses and other symbols of hatred and oppression -- stormed the Capitol, breached congressional chambers, and assaulted federal officers trying to protect the halls of Congress. This violent insurrection was an assault on the very symbol of our democracy -- and a reminder that Dr. King’s fight for racial and economic justice continues to this very day.

Speak Up: Advocate

Dr. King’s call for justice remains a compass for change today.

If we are ever to succeed in our opposition to racism and other forms of hate, our legal and criminal justice systems must speak with one strong voice in condemning and prosecuting crimes motivated by bias. Please join ADL in asking your representatives in Washington to cosponsor the Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Act in the 117th Congress, and to support its swift enactment in response to the events of January 6. The Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act is named for two victims of hate crimes whose murders were excluded from annual reports to the FBI, and would remedy deficits in our understanding of how white nationalist and other extremist beliefs manifest in assaults and other crimes by providing grants to improve hate crime data collection and to develop new hate crime reduction programs built around deeper community engagement.

Urge Congress to support the Khalid Jabara-Heather Heyer NO HATE Act.

Share Facts: Learn and Reflect

By learning and reflecting, we can examine our own biases and understand the diversity of experiences and perspectives that have built the multiculturalism of our country.

Read the resources below from ADL and partner organizations and share them with your community to foster discussion and understanding.

Show Strength: Be an Ally

The march toward justice is stronger when we do it together. Allies understand their power and privilege and use it to fight for justice and advance the needs of marginalized groups.

Use your privilege to lift and amplify the voices of members of marginalized communities.

Learn and Get Involved

Read articles and resources from partner organizations and share them with family, friends and your community.

 

 

Additional Resources
Learn and Get Involved

View Webinars

Learn from experts as they talked about how COVID-19 widens the gaps for communities of color and fighting racism as a multiracial Jewish community during ADL’s Fighting Hate from Home webinars. 

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Spark Discussion with Youth

Talk about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement or voting rights then and now with lesson plans as guides, especially as we continue to learn in a virtual world. 

Education Resources
Spark Discussion with Youth