I woke up with a heavy heart. Today I am especially thankful for those that fought like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those that continue to fight so we can live our lives the way we do. But we have so much more to do…so much more to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.
Every year, my family celebrates Dr. King’s work. Last year, we went to a day of reflection, learning, and celebration at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Celebrating his life is an opportunity to not only remember his contributions to advancing civil rights but an opportunity to keep his dream alive for our children and engage in meaningful conversations that can create long-term change. As Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
In past years, we have attended events at the Newark Museum, compiled hygiene bags for the local soup kitchen…I want my boys to know this day is very special and not just another day off. Here are 5 ways you can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today and everyday.5 Ways To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.… Click To Tweet
There is no other speech like his “I Have A Dream.” Each and every time I hear it, I get chills. Perhaps because we still wait for his dream to truly come to fruition.
Here are some of my favorite Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:
“Faith is taking the first step event you can’t even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
“You must accept finite disappointments but never lose infinite hope.”
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
As we celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I remain positive and optimistic for the future but I know we have leaps and bounds to go.