Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the great American civil rights leader, was born in Atlanta, George on January 15, 1929.

The national holiday in his honor is on the third Monday in January. The next one is Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s leadership of non-violent protest for civil rights helped move our country forward, but it hasn’t been enough.

We are still under assault for the color of our skin, and now for our last names and accents.

The only way to gain equality is to take power ourselves. The way we do that in a democracy is by voting and running for office.

Dr. King said, “So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote, I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind – it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact – I can only submit to the edict of others.”

“So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote, I do not possess myself”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

May the spirit of Dr. King lead us to the ballot box.

Register to vote (NGO vote.org)

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day celebrates the birthday of the great American on January 15, 1929. It is a federal holiday. A lot of us get a day off, but what does it mean? I think about him every year, and every year I understand something more.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a great man so he will mean different things to different people. Three things stand out for me.


One is his positions is non-violence. Nobody learned anything staring down the barrel of a gun. Violence only generates more violence. We have to be bigger than those who turn to violence.


The second is education. He is not just Martin Luther King, Jr., he is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His title comes from a PHD in theology from Boston University. Education gave Dr. King the opportunity to develop himself and his ideas.

Never Give Up Your Dream

The third thing that stands out about Dr. King is that he never gave up his dream. Sometimes he succeeded and sometimes he failed, but he kept going.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech

I too have a dream that people will be judged not by the color of their skin, not by their last name, language or accent, not by their place of birth, social or immigration status, but by the content of their character.

I thank Dr. King for standing up for his community when it was unpopular, even dangerous to do so.

As someone who considers himself to be a brown man, I used to believe that Dr. King represented another community in our country. Today I understand that even if I don’t live Black, his community is my community too and that we both share the same dream.

Keith Widyolar
New York Latin Culture Magazine


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