Martin Luther King Jr. & the Tacoma Street that Bears his Name

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood is historically diverse and, in the last few decades, challenged in its civic and economic recovery.Nevertheless, Hilltop has a strength of spirit, of family, and of unity that its residents proudly display and that strength inspires a kind of loyalty that you just can’t shake.

Campus MLK finds its inspiration not only from the spirit of Hilltop, but also from the civil rights work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose name, since January 12, 1993, honors our neighborhood’s main street.

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before a crowd on National Mall

During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States.

Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. He went on to lead similar campaigns against poverty and international conflict, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.

Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Nobel Peace Prize lecture and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” are among the most revered orations and writings in the English language. His accomplishments are now taught to American children of all races, and his teachings are studied by scholars and students worldwide.

And also from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

Hilltop Mural by Jeremy Gregory

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