One of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Junior reads as follows;
“If you cannot fly then run”
If you cannot run then walk
If you cannot walk then crawl
But by all means – keep moving”
Keep moving because every second that you spend still, a revolution is waiting to happen
Keep moving because there are people that are younger than you that are fighting for a planet that you helped destroy. Just as there are people that died fighting to give you the right to do so
Keep moving because the problem of the twenty-first century has long surpassed the problem of just – the color line
I believe that when King says to “keep moving”, he is speaking to every individual in his generation and the next.
He is speaking to those of us that are fighting for racial equality, Just as he is speaking to those of us that are fighting for global preservation
He says “keep moving” because now NOW – now there are places where we both cannot drink from the same water fountains.
Martin says “keep moving” because he knows that just because we have listeners does not mean that we’re being listened to.
Keep moving means to be aware of the school to prison pipeline
And that it is indeed a redline
That has been negligently crafted with lead filled pipes
That only seems to exist in our gentrified and soon to be gentrified communities.
Keep moving because we live in a world where too often are our actions reduced to objects for transportation.
Because rush hour traffic isn’t the only form of trafficking that has been forced upon us.
Martin says by all means keep moving
Keep moving because you can
Keep moving because you are no longer being forced to be still
Keep moving because we live in a world where today – not only can we crawl but we can walk
And not only can we walk, but we can run
And not only can we run, but we can fly
So for the sake of Martin Luther King Jr.
Pursue whatever dream it is that you may have
But by all means – please, keep moving