‘They Don’t Assassinate Dreamers’: Scenes From Oakland’s MLK March

Oakland’s history is one synonymous with resistance. Its streets, its leaders, and its citizens have long served as the vanguard of racial and social justice.

Today its people gathered once again to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of radical resistance. Today we foster hope and remind ourselves of the potency of protest in the face of another fascist regime.

Among those who took the stage today was a man who insisted that MLK was much more than just a dreamer; that this is what made him so dangerous. After all, he said, “they don’t assassinate ‘dreamers.’”

They assassinate revolutionaries. They assassinate those that threaten systems of power. It is not enough to dream and no one understood that better than MLK; to believe otherwise is to dilute the dream itself.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” — MLK
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