We recognize the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only on the third Monday of January, but all year round. Environmental Justice is Social Justice, and this January 17th, we continue to acknowledge and reflect on the work that remains to be done for racial equity.
Belinda Joyner, our Northeastern Organizer based in Garysburg, honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. below:
As we approach the Birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. there's a sadness and happiness. Sad because he's no longer with us and happy for the LEGACY he left behind.
The Dream that someday ALL GOD'S CHILDREN would come together as one and the INJUSTICE we face still today will one day be a thing of the past.
That's why I can't set back and be silent. Like Dr. King, I have to be a VOICE for My People because those same INJUSTICES we faced then we are still facing them today. So we must continue the fight, we must continue to stand for those who feel like they can't.
And I quote Dr. King as he sat in the Birmingham Jail from the letter that he wrote to his Fellow Clergymen
"Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty"
- Belinda Joyner, Clean Water for NC Northeastern Organizer