More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on what would be his 84th birthday. A visionary and true champion for equality, Dr. King's nonviolent protests, essays and speeches remain an inspiration to all who believe that every person should be treated fairly.
As his now-famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, dated April 16, 1963, states: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly… Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outside.”
As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of equality, we'd like to share with you IN THE LIFE's inspiring interviews with LGBT people and allies “who stood up, spoke out and made a difference in the fight for full LGBT equality.” The episode highlights the contributions of openly lesbian African American Hon. Judge Deborah Batts, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, and former National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) President Keith Boykin. (Watch the entire episode below.)