While history is often filled with the heroic and grand moments of our country’s past, there were painful and difficult challenges that paved the way to where we are today. Looking back is always easier than living through the growing pains of our nation’s racial divide, institutionalized prejudices and hatred that have taken many forms throughout the years.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day represents a stark reminder that these challenges are not in the far off distant past, and we must continue to work to attain Dr. King’s vision of equal opportunity for all.
What Dr. King did to evoke the change that was so desperately needed should encourage our generation to strive daily for a community, country and world free of prejudice and injustice. Celebrating MLK Day should be a reminder that each of us can be a force for change. We need to look beyond legislation toward attitudes that reflect appreciation for all of our fellow men and women.
Thanks to Dr. King and all those who came before and after to pave the way for the dream we all hope to achieve.