— Eleanor Roosevelt (on the 10th Anniversary of the UDHR)
— Martin Luther King, Jr., April 18, 1959,Youth March for Integrated Schools, Washington, D.C.
I would encourage the wide dissemination of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights at all functions commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We to organize to insist these words become a living reality for people everywhere. This Declaration should become the basis for unity in struggle.
Martin Luther King, Paul Robeson and W. E. B. Du Bois worked relentlessly their entire lives to make this document a living reality for every human being; we should, too. The foundation-funded outfits financed by the great Wall Street "philanthropists" will not be bringing this idea forward nor will their efforts be extended to organizing movements demanding the enforcement of these very basic human rights. Therefore, unless you take the initiative to educate, organize and mobilize in support of enforcing these rights through legislation creating the kinds of universal social programs and an economy based on human needs instead of maximum Wall Street profits these human rights will never become a living reality.
Quite frankly, I doubt capitalism--- no matter how "compassionate," can ever provide all people everywhere with these human rights; quite to the contrary, capitalism deprives the majority of the people of these very basic and fundamental human rights.
Only a cooperative socialist system can insure these very basic human rights become a living reality.
Participate in MLK Day activities and distribute copies of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a link to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech honoring W. E. B. DuBois:
Don't allow the foundation-funded outfits and corporate CEO's to distort and define what MLK stood for.
These foundation-funded outfits would like us to forget that W. E. B. DuBois, Paul Robeson and MLK were participants and activists in the global movements to advance human rights.