Bernice King makes an important point on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Image: Paras Griffin / Getty Image By Morgan Sung2020-01-20 20:30:44 UTC On the holiday honoring her father's legacy, Bernice King reminded Twitter users that the fight for equality doesn't just happen once a year.  "Honoring you today...

Bernice King makes an important point on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Image: Paras Griffin / Getty Image

On the holiday honoring her father's legacy, Bernice King reminded Twitter users that the fight for equality doesn't just happen once a year. 

"Honoring you today and every day," she captioned a photo of her family, more than 50 years after the civil rights leader's death. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated four years after segregation was banned under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

His daughter is carrying on the legacy. 

On Jan. 16, she also implored people to stop quoting her father while still supporting the systemic oppression he spent his life fighting. The reverend may be known for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech, but he still protested, broke laws, and was persecuted for his radical activism. Those aspects of his life have been whitewashed and diluted in favor of feel-good quotes about equality. 

Twitter users expressed similar thoughts — honoring MLK's life extends beyond reposting his gentler quotes, and requires remembering his radical action, too.  And not just on the holiday named after him.

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