Or does it just pass us by as a nice holiday that someone we don’t personally know has lived…
On January 15, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 90 years old. I want to take a moment on MLK day to look back at the past and at what he did for the civil movement and remember that we all have a Voice. Especially today in the world we live in where we unfortunately continue to divide each other into groups and where we still see hatred rear its ugly head.
We need to remember his words and deeds…
Not only because we have to learn from our history and from great men like MLK that came before us but so we can learn what not to do in the future, but also so that we can avoid repeating our mistakes of the past.
Here’s a part of MLK’s speech… (You can find the speech in its entirety here.)
When I read this paragraph, I realize that we have come far but we still have a lot of work ahead of us, too. The movie On The Basis of Sex about Ruth Bader Ginsburg just came out, which I watched and loved. Here is another person who has fought for equality for all men and women in this country. How apropos to have this film come out right now during this commemoration of MLK.
My favorite quote from MLK is “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” which again is exactly what Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for. We are “one”… but it is something we forget continuously.
Yesterday, I was at a Rotary club in Duluth, MN, and they took the pledge and I was reminded of these beautiful words.
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
So, what is it, that we do not seem to understand in these words? I am not American, however, I understand the words as the following: We are one, indivisible by hate, by religion, by gender, by sexual orientation, by creed where liberty, justice, opportunity and kindness prevails for everyone.
I always liked this paragraph as it could apply to each and every person, no matter if you carry a US passport or not. The words are perfect, but we seem to think they don’t apply to certain people…
What makes one person think they are better than others? The answer for me is only insecurity and fear. Please don’t forget that these fears only keep us all in our own corners or like MLK said…
“They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.”
Nobody is self-made, nobody can do it alone, we need each other. Let’s remember this on MLK day. Many like him fought for our civil rights to be equal in the eyes of the law, which was already established under the constitution. Now we know without a doubt that each and every human being is equal. Let’s truly rise in unison, not for one day only because we are commemorating his birthday—but rather because we believe in “his dream.”