On the foggy streets of Downtown Fresno, dozens of people gathered to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day last Monday, January 15. The march began at Saint John’s Cathedral and went a mile to Fresno’s City Hall. It was a peaceful march that led to a gathering of speeches from community member and elected officials alike, as well a dance performance by local youth.
The march was short, but symbolic. It captured how we seek peace and a better community for all the people of Fresno. With different community leaders being present and giving passionate speeches, including Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and State Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, the large group of Fresnans that stood up and marched with their colorful signs made it clear that they will not be silent in these times of injustice and racial inequality.
Martin Luther King Jr. set the foundations and made progress for a more equal society, but there is still a upward battle to a truly equal society. To this day Dr. King continues to inspire us to keep fighting the good fight.
“The ultimate tragedy is not oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”