Since 1984, the United States have been observing the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of January. The federal holiday marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr who was born on January 15, 1929. It celebrates the life and achievements of the American civil rights leader who struggled through nonviolent means for racial equality in the United States.
We pay respect to this extraordinary man and Reverend by recalling how also Dr. King jr served as an inmate following multiple civil disobedience acts performed in order to change laws deemed unjust and discriminatory, like GCRL and Radical Party founder Marco Pannella used to do. On this occasion therefore, we remember in particular the words he wrote during his arrest in Birmingham.
“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
Letter from Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963