It is impossible to speak about the civil rights movement without mentioning Dr. King. His message of peace and nonviolent resistance is something that I admired and respected from an early age, especially when I realized that he and Malcolm X were used as allegorical characters in my favorite comic, the X-Men. As an adult, I learned more about the broader involvement that other leaders of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s had; from political activist Angela Davis and the Black Power Mixtape; Delores Huerta and Cesar Chaves who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association; and human rights advocate Malcolm who, like Dr. King, was assassinated.
Today, Dr. King’s message of peace lives on, because a dream cannot killed, deferred, perhaps, but not killed; from schools, to statues, to street names and even a commemorative speech conducted by Barack Obama, Dr. King’s memory lives on.
MICHAEL RAY is a Writer, Editor, & Generation Y shutterbug. This California grown environmentalist is a print and digital media published photographer who you can find across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube), deconstructing, ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture and focusing on the benefits of plant based living.
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In my life as an artivist, I enjoy fashion and set design, those are interests that I cultivated during my time at Humboldt State University where, i addition to learning how-to juggle, and fire dance, I severed as a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus. Additionally, I love Poesy, spoken word, and served as the Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal–which has been in print for over a hundred years–and a contributing editor to LA Artist: Art Book Volume II, No Se Habla Español Anthology, When You Can’t Scream: 10 Reasons Why I Smoke and the DSB Institute.
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