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Statement from Joshua Simmons In Remembrance Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today we honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on this day, I wish to transport you to April 16th, 1963. Dr. King has been arrested for the 13th time and now sits in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. King, along with many other civil rights activists had been arrested for “parading without a permit,” when in reality they were protesting and demonstrating against the unfair and unjust laws that enforced segregation in Birmingham.

While in that cell, eight prominent clergymen in Alabama published a letter urging African Americans to withdraw their support from Dr. King because he acted in ways that could bring about violence through the demonstrations. Dr. King responded with one of the best pieces of literature the world has ever seen, “The Letter from Birmingham City Jail.”

“Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King met their skepticism and ill intent with passionate understanding, love, and action. His detractors made an issue of the timeliness of the demonstration that put Dr. King in jail that day. Dr. King reasoned his thought process and the events that led him to Birmingham. Dr. King also used this letter to address his own frustrations with people he expected to be allies in his fight for equality. The thoughtfulness and love expressed in this letter is something we all should strive to exhibit in our daily lives.

When we started this campaign, there were many who said that we should wait. We decided that Coral Springs could not wait. We understood what direction Coral Springs needed to go and decided to create a campaign that focuses on you and making this city become the jewel of Broward County. As we spread love, positivity, and change throughout Coral Springs, we ask that you join us and help move Coral Springs #ANewWayForward. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s remember the spirit of love, equality, and understanding that guided the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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