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The Scene: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

We’re way past dreams. We have demands.

We’re way past dreams. We have demands.

And with a wave of blue crashing down on Congress earlier this month, it’s about damn time our expectations, and the expectations of generations of the downtrodden and disenfranchised, are finally met.

Everything that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for inexplicably remains at issue today – and that’s a problem. A big fucking problem. In fact, it is, without question, the largest, ugliest, most turgidly obese, orange-tinged, horrid hair-piece wearing, checks and balances-testing problem we’ve ever faced as a nation.

Equality. Service to others. A view of ourselves as human beings, not colors or castes. The desire to do good, for no reason other than it’s the right thing to do.

These were the principles on which Dr. King built a movement.

And while we won’t tell you what to do today, the memorial of Dr. King’s birthday – we won’t tell you to fill the streets, to demand of your country and government something more than they’ve chosen to provide you, to stand tall in support of all of your fellow humans, no matter where they call home or who they may love – we will say this – if you’re inclined to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy, do it by loving one another.

And don’t just dream of a better world (although Dr. King was an astoundingly amazing human being and within the context of his lifetime the idea of a dream, a hope, a plea for the world to be better over a demand makes complete sense).

Build it. Work for it. Demand it.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service | Jan. 21. 11am. $5. Independence Hall, 525 Arch St. constitutioncenter.org

– CAL SETAR | @CALSFRO

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