Dear Annie: Again, it is time to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He would have been 91 on Jan. 15. Since his death in 1968, so much has changed … and yet, so much has remained the same.
Sometimes, I wonder, if he were alive, what would King think about how things have gone in the African American community? What would he say? What would he do?
I am sure that King would encourage us to resolve the social and economic challenges that buffet us. He would remind us of individual responsibility, family stability, group cohesion and collective empowerment. And he would remind us that many of the answers and solutions lie within us as a people.
King also would encourage us to show a willingness to know something, to be smart, to be curious and to be willing to learn and accomplish a lot more. While the world we inhabit may not be fair or just, we must be willing to try, and try, and try. We must learn to give life our utmost effort and perform at our maximum capacity.
If King were alive, he would stress the need for building a foundation of empowerment for teaching individuals, families and communities how to tap the power within, rather than depending on handouts and the goodwill of others. Accordingly, he would emphasize the importance of family as the original and best departments of health, education, welfare and salvation.
Overall, King would motivate and encourage us to put our minds and backs into the obstacles and barriers before us.
Although King is not alive, his teachings, sacrifices and contributions will always be with us. Therefore, let us draw from his legacy and achieve his “dream” for all of us. What a great way to show respect and appreciation for the man. – Reflecting on King’s Legacy
Dear Reflecting: Thank you for your beautiful tribute.
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