January 15 marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 88th birthday. While he’s been gone since 1968, MLK’s influence remains a shining light and has been especially relevant during the country’s recent dark times. The world might not currently be where MLK wanted it to be, but we still have hope that there’s time for change.
As we celebrate MLK Day, let’s think about more than just getting a day off from school or work. Let’s remember Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream – a dream that people will be judge solely on their character. That we will all be viewed as equal. That we can all come together to do what is right.
How are we not there yet?
These wise words from Martin Luther King, Jr. are worth remembering this day and every day of the year.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
“I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.”
“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”