Today is the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on that Memphis balcony. He is gone, but his genius lives on.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
Tonight at 8:02 p.m., at approximately the same time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated 44 years ago, colleges and universities across the U.S. will light the sky with candles in support of Trayvon Martin and peace and justice for his family. The Malik Fraternity, Inc., is organizing the 1,000 Campus Vigil For Trayvon, a candlelight vigil meant to “take a stand against discrimination, bigotry, violence and injustice” and “protest the cruel and heartless acts of those who prey on the innocent.” This, the group adds, “is not a color thing. This is a human thing. We must unite across America, across racial, religious, gender and cultural barriers and support the right to live in peace.” Participating campuses include: University at Albany, Medgar Evers College, Hofstra University, SUNY New Paltz and Syracuse University in New York; University of Maryland; Tuskegee University; Guilford College in North Carolina; George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Florida A&M; Sonoma State University and San Diego State University in California; Arizona State University; and the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University in Kentucky. For more information and details on how to participate in this vigil on college campuses across America, check out the Malik Fraternity’s open FaceBook group here.
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