I often wonder whether I would have had the same courage of Dr. King, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and other progressive Americans who stood up against racial inequality had I been an adult during the civil rights movement. I like to think I would have done that. One of the most important social justice issues that presents itself to me now in my career is that of equality regardless of sexual orientation, and I will continue to fight for social justice for all until that dream is realized.
A special celebration of Law Day took place Monday as the State Bar partnered with various bar associations and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for an program aimed at making the connection between the American civil rights movement and the principles of human rights while looking at current human rights violations at home and abroad. We can end injustice only after acknowledging it exists.
As Dr. King said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” This is comforting to keep in mind, but we must remain vigilant, especially when there are still “whites only” proms in Georgia, and when some people still believe they have a monopoly on morality and the right to be married to the one they love merely because they were born heterosexual.
The promise of equality under the law is what has made America a beacon to other nations. Fulfilling that promise — by promoting the cause of justice, upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of all citizens — remains a work in progress.
Robin Frazer Clark of Atlanta is president of the State Bar of Georgia.