Remembering the Importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
"Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy." – Martin Luther King Jr.
Post offices are closed; trash likely won’t get picked up and for many moms and dads, that’s an inconvenience to their Monday.
Hearing and seeing the conversations swirl around social networks about how someone couldn’t get to the bank or the post office disturbs me on many levels, but mostly because they are inconvenienced one day out of their week. A whole race of people were inconvenienced for far longer than that; and in comparison, it pales greatly. The bank will still be there tomorrow, the post office will reopen in the morning and as for the trash? Garbage is inevitable. Remembering one man who stood up against the garbage he was witness to makes my empty box of toaster pastries seem petty and unimportant.
We should focus on the positive aspects of Martin Luther King Jr. Day instead of using our energies to complain or feel put out by the disruption of our day. It not only marks a great man’s birth and a celebration of his life but the things he stood for and his never failing belief that one day all people would be considered equal. He struggled for what he believed in; he taught our parents and future generations to never give up and fight for what we felt was wrong in the world. He taught a nation how to find acceptance and tolerance in people's color and differences.
He taught us to love one another when no other leader could.
It’s great women and men like Martin Luther King Jr. that stood their ground and paved the way for future generations like myself and my kids. Dr. King’s message is universal: It’s a message that parents can take and teach their kids every day of the week. We don’t need a special holiday or a day of remembrance to know the importance of what Martin Luther King Jr. did for African Americans and other races longing to be accepted in the United States; we only have to practice his dream and live it in our lives and teach it in our children in order for his legacy to live on and flourish as he dreamed it one day would.