On this day, we celebrate the life of a man who gave his life for our advancement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr paved the way as a civil rights activist and as an individual devoted to making a change within our community. Nationally, he will forever be remembered as a stepping stone in the integration of white and black races, more so looking to blend the race of any American citizen crying for freedom. He spoke of a dream that touched on the hearts of many Americans waiting for the day of equality. He spoke of a dream that reflected a better lifestyle for all mankind. He spoke of a dream that opened the eyes of the most racist citizens, illustrating the power of being heard. He spoke of a dream that helped towards the development of unity.
I am grateful. I am honored. I am humble. I am blessed. I am determined. I am a product of Dr. King’s dream. Respect those who have come before you and remember that there is not right in doing wrong. The time is now to join the movement and add to the work that has been done. What have you done today? It’s not a day off, it’s a day of SERVICE.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955
March on Washington, 1963
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.