On April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated for his nonviolent war against hate and intolerance. His death, and, more importantly, his life was not lived in vain. His fight changed the landscape of civil rights in this country and became a symbol of justice and equality for all who seek it. Below is a video I made a few years back about he history of hate in our country which features Dr. King.
When I watch this video I am grateful for the life of Dr. King and all the activists during the civil rights movement. We have a come a long way since the day of fire hoses and German shepherds. I am also just as grateful for those who continue the fight as injustice and intolerance continue to plague society. We must remember that Dr. King was not only fighting for the civil rights of black Americans, but the rights of all mankind. As Dr. King said, “When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
We owe a debt to Dr. King, but it is a debt that can be repaid by continuing his work and make his “dream” a reality. The time for change has not past. The time for change is now, tomorrow and every day after. Every day we have decisions to make that can move us one step closer to tolerance, acceptance and equality or, sadly, one step further. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Below is a reminder of Dr. Kings’ famous “I have a dream speech” that continues to inspire us to stand up against evil.
Thank you Dr. King.