Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. were held in the Unites States nationwide, on Monday January 19, 2015. The day was marked by massive march protests over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement. "This march is about reclaiming Martin Luther King. He was a radical organizer - he's been arrested, he believed in non-violence, but he was also disruptive," said Linda Sarsour, spokeswoman for the Justice League NYC, which organized the #Dream4Justice March, a well attended tribute and protest march.
Thousands of protesters, holding signs reading, "Hands up. Don't Shoot" in memory of Mike Brown, the unarmed Black teenager killed by a White police officer in Ferguson Missouri or "I Can't Breathe", alluding to the death of Eric Garner, a Black man choked to death by a police officer in New York City. Other signs read: "Black Lives Matter", "Dream"
The life and times of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. cannot be summarized in an article, book or tomes. However, the marches and the events referred to by the marchers are a testimony on how far America has come, thanks to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and all the Civil Rights movement leaders and activists, and the momentous task still ahead.