Today is the federal holiday set aside to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s contributions to society. This year the holiday falls on the day of his birth – January 15. As we spend this day in service in honor of Dr. King’s life of service, we pause to remember his fight for social justice, his commitment to the civil rights struggle, and his efforts to address economic and unemployment problems of disadvantaged people.
Dr. King was a man of peace. Even though people denigrated him and called him names, he never publicly responded by name-calling those who opposed him. He used his gift of words to get his point across. He also used his words to inspire. We, too, dreamed right along with Dr. King for a better world.
We have to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive. Keep the books coming about his life. The following story happened today. A boy was asked, “Do you know who Martin Luther King is?” He replied, “I think he freed the slaves.” There is still work to be done. We have to continue to educate children and adults about the importance of Dr. King’s life and his accomplishments.
And as we educate, let’s continue to dream and fight for everything Dr. King stood for.