Americas boots rained their steel-toed march of death on the heads, hands, and backs of nonviolent protesters fighting for civil rights in the Amerika of our not-too-distant past. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of their leaders, and he was jailed, beaten, set upon by attack dogs, and assailed with fire hoses, billy clubs, rifle stocks, fists, chains, shackles, bars, and concrete. He was followed, spied on, targeted, threatened, and intimidated, but he never gave up fighting for his dream. King fought for truth and justice all over this land. Then he was killed, but not in vain. The difference he made still resonates in the States and is a positive social force. (Barack Obama, anyone?) Follow in Kings footsteps or commemorate the man this Monday during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. The free event begins at NW 54th Street and 10th Avenue and ends in a festival at MLK Park in Liberty City, where there will be a children's cultural area, food booths, and a vendor marketplace.
Mon., Jan. 18, 11 a.m., 2010