Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his life for what he believed in. He fought tooth and nail for equality for African Americans. For civil rights. For what was moral and just. Today is a national holiday in this country honoring the life and work of the late reverend.
All over the country there will be parades and homages. Speeches and sermons. Vigils. Marches. All of them, of course, well deserved. Earned. Martin Luther King paid with his life for what he believed in. For what was right.
Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as this country both mourns the death of and celebrates the life of MLK, there is another man, a leader of a community following the footsteps of today’s honoree and fighting, risking his own life for what is moral and just and right.
It is the ninth day of Ramon Saul Sanchez’s hunger strike. Nine days without food, in solemn protest of the wet foot/dry foot policy that has repatriated thousands of Cubans seeking freedom. Seeking equality. Seeking civil and human rights. The very same thing Martin Luther King gave his life for.
Somewhere in Little Havana, Ramon Saul Sanchez, his body weakening from lack of sustenance, is lying on a bed ready to give his life for others.
So I urge you all, today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to find a littlle bit of that spirit for freedom, of that spirit for what is right and support Ramon Saul Sanchez. All he is asking is that you contact your government and ask them to put an end to the wet foot/dry foot policy.
Martin Luther King Jr.