On January 15 we pause to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., an apostle for nonviolence. And now that holiday is joined by another reason to celebrate, just one week later. On January 22, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force; this landmark treaty will be celebrated around the globe this year and for years to come.
King would be pleased. He decried nuclear weapons, calling them the most colossal of all evils, noting correctly that if they were used, they would plunge humanity into “the abyss of annihilation.”
The United States has not yet signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, but it should. US leadership could deliver the world from the threat of the abyss. It would be a great way to honor Dr. King—and to preserve future generations.