(Source: Matt Sayles/AP)
Every 20 years or so, a civil rights headline makes it into the news. From Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech “I Have a Dream,” to Rodney King’s remark “Can we all just get along?” and even to the debate over what were the last words of Trayvon Martin, we are reminded by the social injustices left behind.
The passing of Rodney King at 47 years old, added him to the legacy of civil rights leaders. As Rev. Al Sharpton puts it "he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time," with the footage of his beating symbolizing a form of inequality over two decades later.
In response to Rodney King’s death, Metta World Peace states: “Under rough circumstances he asked the world, ‘can we all just get along’….it took a lot of heart to do that.” He chose to look at the outcome of race and justice in a positive light as his courage helped change the way police and citizens were meant to interact with each other.
What Trayvon Martin and Rodney King shared were not just the first and last name of Martin Luther King Jr, but his vision and power of nonviolence in times of struggle. Let their lives be a reminder that cooperation must exist between all people in order to improve the quality of social conditions.