Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! The state offices are closed, and students are happy as they do not have school today. However, this day is not just about getting to hang out around the house for an extra day or having an extra long weekend. This is a day set aside to honor his birthday as he was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. This movement successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
I would like to take a moment for us to reflect on a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. as follows:
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Just what are you doing for others?
Do you sit by silently when you see an injustice taking place, or do you speak up? Do you find your voice and fight for what is right?
Are you lending a helping hand to those in need? Or do you walk on by as if you never saw their outstretched hand?
Another quote that resonated with me is as follows:
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Are you carrying hate inside of your heart? Or, have you decided to let go of hatred that you once held on to? Have you let resentment fall from your grasp? Or have you yet to realize that hatred is too great a burden to carry around with you. Why bear it any longer? Let it go so you can be happier.
Love thy neighbor as you are told to do in the Bible!
No matter where you stand and what side you may be on, we are all a part of the human race. I would like to see harmony on both sides with no discrimination from whites against blacks NOR blacks against whites! God formed us all with His great and mighty hands. We are the color He chose for us to be, and He commanded that we are to love one another.
Think on that as you go about your day.