Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day, people of faith from all over the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. to honor the work of Dr. King and to unite in commitment to eradicate the sin of racism that continues to grip our country.
The organizers of today's rally: A.C.T. to End Racism describe the goal of their effort this way:
"We challenge ourselves and our communities to join in truth-telling, leading to actions that right the wrongs, and, with God’s grace, bring healing and wholeness to all people, and unity to the nation.
- AWAKEN ourselves to the truth that racism is ever-present, deeply rooted in American culture, and profoundly damaging to our communities.
- CONFRONT racism, speak truth to ourselves, our communities and institutions, and stand against injustice.
- TRANSFORM the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and structures that shape society."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.