d. E. Rogers

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Articles by d. E. Rogers on January 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

Every January we’re given the opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made individually and as a community by celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King worked to obtain civil rights for all; he spoke out against the Vietnam War and the horrific consequences that poverty wreaked on anyone living in it.

We’re fortunate to live in a time when we’re able to reap many of the benefits of his struggle to bring equality to the United States of America. However, we continue to face similar issues today that Dr. King’s generation faced – widespread poverty, the War on Afghanistan and inequality in the legal and educational systems.

The younger generations are so far removed that many don’t remember the struggles of the 1950s and 60s. Most have knowledge of Dr. King and his infamous “I Have A Dream” speech, but many don’t comprehend the depth of the compassion that drove the man to live his life in service of others.

As we reflect on the courage, selflessness and sacrifice of such an amazing leader, we must consider our responsibilities to the community. We must determine if we’ve continued on the path that Dr. King and his contemporaries blazed for us. Additionally, we must ask ourselves if we’ve moved forward in the truth that all people are created equal, and if we’ve continued to nurture that belief in consecutive generations.

Dr. King’s generation suffered together, and then organized peacefully under his direction to better their lives. His commitment to others and leadership example are still relevant today, perhaps now more than ever. It’s up to us to keep his legacy alive – a legacy that respects and demands equality for all.


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