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posted Friday, January 18, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 3
Let freedom ring! - The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
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Let freedom ring! - The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'Let Freedom Ring!' is the theme for this year's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Seattle. After historic victories for marriage equality in three states, including this one, it's a theme that should resonate with the LGBT community.

MLK Celebration Committee Chair Larry Gossett, also president of the King County Council, likes to point out what he calls the 'unique character' of Seattle's celebration - one of the country's largest and oldest.

'It's the only one organized from the grassroots up,' Gossett tells SGN. 'We've done it this way for 30 years, aiming to mobilize all our constituencies every year.'

Gossett has chaired the Celebration Committee for the past 10 years.

'It's particularly significant in this geographic area, with the county named after him,' Gossett adds.

A CONTESTED LIFE
Dr. King's legacy is often claimed by diverse political interests that use his reputation to justify their own agenda. In the campaign for marriage equality, this included both pro- and anti-equality groups. Asked if he thought King would have lined up with conservative Christians against same-sex marriage, Gossett replied vehemently, 'No way! No way!'

'Read his biography!' he adds. 'Read what he said, what he was about! He would have been leading the effort. He would not have been with these conservative pastors.

'You can't fight for the liberation of Black people and then support discrimination against Gays and Lesbians.'

The Rev. Harriett Walden, founder of Mothers for Police Accountability and acting pastor at Sojourner Truth Unity Fellowship Church, agrees.

'I'm not comfortable saying what people would do if they were alive today,' she tells SGN, 'but Dr. King challenged everybody to open their hearts and minds to see all people as creatures of God, and that includes the LGBT community.

'He was a prophet for our times, who brought a message of love. If you look at his writing, he really believed in love - and equal rights.'

WORKED WITH GAY MAN
Although she hesitates to say what Dr. King would do today, Walden says that we can extrapolate from what he did when he was alive.

'Bayard Rustin worked so closely with Dr. King planning the March on Washington,' she notes, 'and everybody knew he was a Gay man. The proof is right there.

'You know,' she continues, 'for me Dr. King speaks to 150 years of freedom, from the Emancipation Proclamation to now - all that it's taken to get us this place.

'Some people want to hold back time, but you can't hold back freedom.'

'A LEGACY AND TRADITION'
Gossett, whose own history includes leadership in the Black Student Union at Garfield High School and the UW, also refers back to the history of the African-American struggle for equality.

'If you look at the Stonewall Rebellion,' Gossett says, 'that was influenced and inspired by the Black Liberation Movement. SNCC, before they split up, spoke out for Gay and Lesbian equality, and the Black Panther Party always did.

'It's a legacy and tradition firmly established by MLK.'

Seattle's 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration takes place Monday, January 21, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Avenue (at Jefferson) in the Central District. The event begins with workshops on various issues at 9:30 a.m., followed by a rally at 11 and march at 12:30. For more information, visit www.mlkseattle.org.

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