Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written on by Valerie Melroy

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man of integrity, conviction, and influence. Born on January 15, 89 years ago, Dr. King had an amazing vision with a voice that still reverberates in our hearts and ears decades after he said them.  His example of speaking truth no matter what the cost, standing for nonviolence in the face of violence, and working collaboratively in an atmosphere of division makes him one of the greatest men in the history of the world.  He showed us “words” and “deeds” can change a nation. May we honor him by being peaceful citizens, promoting love, cherishing equality, speaking out against wrongdoing, and continuing to do our part to see Dr. King’s dream of freedom for all come into existence.

As Dr. King said, “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.”  As we’ve entered 2018, we are witnessing many parallels to the 1960s.  We are being tested each day.  May we all rise to the test with the same dignity and conviction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and SAY and DO what is right.       

For information about Dr. King please visit: www.thekingcenter.org

Photo: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering “I Have a Dream” at the 1963, Washington D.C. Civil Rights March.
Photo in the Public Domain.

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