Mural of Martin Luther King Jr. located near 7th and MLK Blvd.

On January 21st, the Sacramento branch of the Black Lives Matter organization  is hosting the “4th Annual Reclaim MLK: This Was Not The Dream!” march. The event is meant to make others aware that there was a Martin Luther King Jr. that people are not taught about.


Black Lives Matter Sacramento wants to march for a specific vision that Martin Luther King Jr. had.  “The MLK Jr that no one speaks of. The MLK Jr that doesn’t accommodate the legitimacy of white supremacy, but instead the MLK Jr that tells us that “A Riot is the Language of the Unheard,” that “I’m Black and I’m Beautiful”.”


On April 4th, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech that surprised many. King’s speech, titled-Beyond Vietnam, detailed how the United States was using its resources on the war and not protecting those within its own country and how the main enemy for most citizens was their own country.


…I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos,” King declared in Beyond Vietnam, “Without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world: my own government.”


Black Lives Matter Sacramento continues to put on this event as a reminder of the Martin Luther King, Jr. that, according to USA Today, “has all but disappeared from the public consciousness.” In  the aftermath of the speech, critical people were fired up and judgmental. Many thought that

King should have “left well-enough alone” and kept the two topics separate. In fact, many would rather have had King disappear and the anger led up to King’s death via assassination on April 4th, 1968.


The 4th Annual Reclaim MLK: This Was Not The Dream! March is meant to commemorate King’s life and work that many do not care to know about and to continue King’s fight.


If you are interested in going to the Reclaim MLK: This Was Not The Dream! March, view the following link: