Monday's Kingdom Day Parade

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On Monday I was greatly moved by the opportunity to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory by being a part of the 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles. We walked in the image of Dr. King and in spirit of the civil rights movement.

"Suits in Solidarity" was proud to lead a group of men to march together in support of the idea that Black Lives Matter. This is not the first event we've been a part of, but I was pleased to reach an ever-larger audience with this important message.

The theme of this year's march was "LOVE & Respect: Let It Begin With Me." That fits with the meaning of our group, which is that it is time for us to stand up and be acknowledged. That all of our lives matter, and the outrages to Black men and boys around the country are noticed and remembered, and never ever forgotten.

Times have been tough over the last few years, here and around the country. People are frightened and the pressure is building on all of us. Even though those on the front lines are also victims of the economic crisis, overwhelming stress and overwork and underpay, that does not excuse or accept the things that have been done in all of our names.

Together we must rise above. Together we will show that all of our lives matter and we will not accept unequal treatment and opportunity. Together we must stand for justice. Because together, we shall overcome.


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