Today is a solemn day in our state and our country’s history as we pause to remember the senseless killing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Five decades removed from this tragedy; we are still trying to make sense of it all. It brings to mind what Dr. King wrote in 1967: “Where do we go from here?”
Here are three issues that Latinos for Tennessee believes honor the sacrifice and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Educational freedom. In a statement celebrating Dr. King’s legacy, our partner American Federation for Children included a quote from King’s writing in the 1960s, which sadly still describes the American education system:
“We owe it to our children to give them the best possible chance to cope with the realities of this world. If we are not careful another generation will slip by, paralyzed and ill equipped for a lifetime. There is no need in kidding ourselves, that this education, poor as it is, is better than none. Year in and year out, children finish twelfth grade with reading and mathematics skills crippled at the fifth or sixth grade level.”
Parents should have the power to choose better options for their children’s education.
Religious Liberty. Last year, Raul Lopez made the argument in the Tennessee Star that Dr. King would be fighting for religious liberty today.
Criminal Justice Reform. Our friends at the Nashville Christian prison ministry Men of Valor recently hosted an event where problems in the justice system were discussed among Tennessee lawmakers, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall, and representatives from Tennessee Voices for Victims, Americans for Prosperity, and the Charles Koch Institute. Here’s a video with highlights. On this topic, sensible solutions are within reach.
On this solemn anniversary, we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and we renew our commitment to ensure that every Latino in Tennessee is able to live in a free country where we are judged not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.