OP-ED BY COUNCILWOMAN GYM: MARCHING IN PHILADELPHIA TO HONOR MLK’S VALUES

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Councilwoman Helen Gym (At Large) recently co-wrote a commentary in the Philadelphia Daily News with Rev. Greg Holston and Rev. Mark Tyler about continuing efforts to honor the life, legacy and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Read the commentary in its entirety on philly.com. Excerpts are posted below:

“Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Philadelphians of all races, faith traditions, ages, sexual orientations and gender identities will gather at Mother Bethel again to stake our claim on United States and our role in determining its future. Thousands will march from all neighborhoods of our city and the surrounding suburbs to demonstrate that a united, determined and fearless group of citizens can transform our city, our country and our world.

 As we march, we draw on King’s deep wisdom to guide our actions. In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, King named racism, militarism and materialism as the deadly triplets afflicting America. King called for a revolution of values in American society. He spoke of “the fierce urgency of Now.”

Today, the urgency of Now is just as compelling, as we face many of the same problems, but even greater challenges that have put our most basic democratic institutions under attack.

It is in this atmosphere where many are simply trying to hold ground that we dare to reimagine a better and greater America. While current affairs might cause us to despair, we choose to fight for a 21st-century revolution of values – a revolution of values that can transform our country into a place of unprecedented prosperity and equality.”

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Councilwoman Helen Gym was sworn in as an At-Large Member of Council in 2016. Her primary concerns include addressing widespread poverty in Philadelphia, particularly through an emphasis on building a quality public education system.  For more information, visit phlcouncil.com/HelenGym.

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