Today, the country is celebrating a true hero, a man who recognizeda need to educate and advocate and a man who ultimately gave his life up to the fight for equality of all mankind. The man was Martin Luther King, Jr.
For some, yes, this day may primarily conjure up thoughts of a paid day-off from work or a get-out-of-school-free card. But, my hope is that people will take a few moments to reflect on the true purpose of this holiday.This holidayhonors andrecognizes the tragic battle fought by a man who wasn’t willing to falter in his idealism and optimism, even under immense scrutiny, pressure and violence committedagainst him, his family and those who supported his cause. Mr. King endured one violent act after another, driven by passion and faith that the world and those who lived in it were not a lost cause. He believed that change was not only possible, but imminent, when fought for with courage, grace and a peace granted by God’s love.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. And his dream was to one day see a nation that celebrated color rather than feared it.We certainly have a long way to go to reach that Utopia, when people are judged on the basis of their character and not on the color of their skin. But we have most definitely come a long way. And under the direction of the late Martin Luther King Jr. I believe we will, in time, peacefully reachthat evolution.
I will leave you with one of my favorite passages from Mr. King’s infamous “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered during the March on Washington from the steps of the Lincoln Memorialon August 28, 1963.
“Let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the worlds of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last, free at last
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
In equality, Mindy