2007-01-12 / Editorial/Opinion

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Honoring The Memory of Martin Luther King

Monday, January 15 is the day we honor the memory of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. We can think of no better way to honor that memory than participating in the "March For Life" that City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. is hosting that afternoon. King believed in equality and he believed in the work ethic. He died supporting striking workers in Tennessee. He believed that people got what was due them by questioning and by activism, but never by violence. That is what Sanders' march on Monday should be all about: Righting wrongs in a nonviolent way. All too often in Rockaway, disputes bring gun violence. Race plays little part in the battles that go on between housing projects - Redfern against Edgemere, Ocean Bay against Hammels, Ocean Village against Ocean Bay. Too many young black males have died because of these 'turf' battles that denigrate the peninsula and take often-innocent lives. If King were alive today, he would be a sponsor of the march taking place on his "day." There can be no better way to honor King than to demand "life" over violence in his name.

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