A great American was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.
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 running for office and voting.
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates the birthday of the great American on January 15, 1929. It is a federal holiday on the third Monday of January. A lot of us get a day off, but what does it mean?
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 position of 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.
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. Today I understand that his community is my community too and that Dr. King and I have the same dream.