Martin Luther King’s advice for Syria

Martin Luther King Jr. giving a speech at Soldier Field (1966, Chicago)

Had Dr. King still been with us today, he would’ve been 87 years old and I know with certainty, that he would’ve been a supporter of the Syrian uprising.

Had Dr. King been with us today, he would’ve used his famous saying, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, to comment on the Syrian crisis. He would’ve recognized the power of collective action to end injustice and oppression and would’ve called on all of us not to turn a blind eye to injustice in Syria, or anywhere else in the world.

What does Martin Luther King have to do with Syria and the Syrian crisis, you might wonder. And the answer is simple, before leading the fight to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States, and before adopting the African-American civil rights movement, Dr. King held universal values that all humans share regardless of their race, gender or nationality.

So the next time we turn on the TV to see a middle eastern country suffering dictatorship and extremist ruling, or the next time we witness an act of violence or discrimination anywhere in the world, let’s remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s words; “injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”

Majed abdulsamad
Illinois Institute of Technology
College of architecture
Class of 2016

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