“No. No we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice flows down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King ~


Yosemite falls - bruce witzel photo



Mural in San Francisco - bruce witzel photo


Dr. Matin Luther king Jr. Memorial, Fresno California- bruce witzel photo


Martin Luther King Jr. memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens in san Francisco - bruce witzel photo

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Wall is beneath the Buena Yerba Gardens in San Francisco.


MLK memorial wall, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco - bruce witzel photo


Diego Rivera mural - The making of a fresco showing the building of a city, at the San Francisco Art Institute - bruce witzel photo

Art Institute of San Francisco and “the making of a fresco showing the building of a city”

~ Diego Rivera Gallery ~


Yerba Buena Gardens - bruce witzel photo

“There is a crime here that beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success… and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath our filling and growing heavy, heavy for the vintage.”     

~ John Steinbeck ~


John Steinbeck - photo at the National Steinbeck Center


Two images on the walls of the Steinbeck National Center in Salinas California.


Dolores Huerta Mural at the National Steinbeck Center - bruce witzel photo


Posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge, Wall.

“What do these walls reveal about a place, people, or you?”

15 thoughts on “martin luther king WALLS OF INJUSTICE, TUMBLING DOWN.

    • Thanks Roy. The whole area is next to the financial district of San Francisco and covers 2 city blocks. It is a wide open space amidst the towers, museums and that old church… the waterfall and MLK memorial makes up its core. I love this manner of inspirational public development.

  1. The worse crime of them all is the one we are perpetrating to our home and source, the Earth. Through the changing of its climate, the pollution and the extraction of “resources” we not only are hurting ecosystems that sustain us, we are also hurting the trust our ancestors put on our shoulders, the trust of our brothers and sisters around the world whose livelihoods are being smashed through climate change, pollution and resource scarcity, and the trust of future generations, from whom we are borrowing this land, this water and these “resources”…justice needs to embrace all or none. Justice leaving some behind is never justice.
    “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

    • Yes, Silvia. At some level you must have read my mind! The first image of the torrent of water falling at Yosemite, for me, was symbolic of the injustice of excessive melting ice and how dangerous this precipice is for all the world – not least our ecosytems which humanity and all creatures depends on for sustenance and life.

      And Martin Luther King Jr illustrated this so eloquently… “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. This is the interrelated structure of all reality.”

      I’m not sure if it is fortunate or unfortunate that I have come to learn over the past decade or so, that it is so difficult to talk about climate change with friends and family, let alone with enemies (for example those who are opposed or indifferent to reduction in the burning of fossil fuels) People give the signal, “please don’t talk about this, it’s all doom and gloom.” And yet this is never my intention, as I know it is with you and others… first we must always speak the truth… i.e the choices we make, either for or against the earth, are by default, choices for or against humanity. Ecological justice is integral to social justice. Without one we won’t have the other,

      Thank you for always being true to this, Silvia, and reminding us all about this core issue of the 21st century. Climate change is as dangerous and as apocalyptic as nuclear war. May people wake up to this! Only then we can seriously address the problems so as to mitigate the harm we are doing.

      I will not rest with this till my last dying breath.

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  3. Wonderful images and art to remind us that we can overcome. Every voice counts and every voice is needed in the struggle. We are fortunate to have your creative, powerful voice on our side, Bruce.

    • I’m sure this is familiar territory for you David, and we loved it when we were there 4 or 5 years ago. We did see the vineyards and It just came back to me in this moment that it all reminds me of the song by Woody Guthrie, Pastures of Plenty. I do hope your water situation improves soon because so many people in North America have come to depend on your California pastures. Thank you for this!

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