This week’s 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes King would embrace today.
He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he likely also would advocate for workers’ rights, gay rights and animal rights.
Yes, animal rights. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam War.
The day before his assassination in 1968, King went to Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America — African-American sanitation workers. Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America — animals raised for food, experiments and entertainment.
Although King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice and nonviolence to nonhuman animals, his wife and son did, by embracing the vegan lifestyle. A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.
— Dale Innis, Gary