A Request to My Fellow White People Who Share MLK Quotes

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To my fellow white folks who will use this Day of Service as an opportunity to reflect on a famous quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, I have a request. If you have found wisdom in a short passage today, read the source in its entirety tonight. Make it your bedtime reading. Contribute to its legacy by investing in a copy of The Radical Kinga fantastic collection edited by Dr. Cornel West — or find it in the materials of the King Institute at Stanford. Read every word. Even if it’s too radical, even if it’s uncomfortably…


And Why You Should Care

Demonstrations rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 8, 2019.
Demonstrations rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 8, 2019.
Demonstrations rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on October 8, 2019, as the court holds oral arguments for three cases that may determine the fate of workplace rights for LGBTQ employees. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

The week of October 8 is a complicated one for a lot of queer people. Between Sunday and Saturday, we honor the days Matthew Shepard struggled for his life. Friday is National Coming Out Day. Wednesday is the Day of Atonement. And, of course, Tuesday is one of the most significant days for LGBTQ civil rights in the history of the Supreme Court.

When I first started out in the legal profession, before I’d even graduated from law school, I clerked in the policy office of National Center for Lesbian Rights (which back then was a fancy way of saying…

Sam Ames

Civil rights lawyer. Rabble rouser. Lover of justice, equality, and underdogs. Born Perfect founder. Occasional executive director. Accidental author.

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