It’s Time for My Annual MLK post
Today, the US celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia and was assassinated at the age of 39, in Memphis, Tennessee. He would have turned 86 today—47 lost years.
Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal, who knows what miracles Dr. King could have wrought had he been allowed to live out his life? My heart cracks wide at the loss.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
This year, honor Dr. King’s legacy by making January 19 more
than just a day off, make it a day of service.
Because, as Dr. King said:
“The time is always right to do what is right.”