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Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy in the Environmental Justice Movement

21 Jan
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Environmentalism certainly isn’t the first topic that comes to mind when reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. It can be said that in the United States, the Civil Rights movement predated the environmental movement by about a decade. Attorney General Eric Holder in 2011 said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in addition to his many other achievements, helped “plant the seeds” for what would become our nation’s now-thriving “environmental justice movement.”

Dr. King’s firm stance against militarism and the military industrial complex, the biggest polluters on the planet, was unwavering throughout his years of activism.

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