Today, we celebrate the legacy of a man who brought about change through his philosophies, his words and his actions. While the work of Martin Luther King is a lasting testament to conviction, courage, commitment, and others, there is much work left to be done in the fight against inequality. Not limited to race, but to poverty, to human rights, and much more, the world has as many questions as we move forward each and every day trying to right wrongs and move forward in a way that treats everyone with mutual respect.
With that being said, when we look back on history we tend to applaud those that were auspiciously unpopular doing what was deemed as rather inappropriate, even illegal, at the time. Likewise, after years of unraveling that what was hailed as being so great is often seen much differently. History has a way of filling in the gaps that are not always visible in the present moment.
Martin Luther King addressed injustice in a society that did not necessarily want to hear what he had to say. Today, who are the most monumental leaders and what events will stand the test of time? Today, who will history treat as kindly?
Today, are their injustices, in if so, which ones are worth fighting for? Today, what is the appropriate platform for public discourse? Today, when is it appropriate to protest and at what point is it not only your right but your duty? Today, what is pushing us forward and what is pulling us backwards?
In remembrance, and in reflection, may we find the conviction to do what is right even if it is wildly unpopular. May we have the courage to seek love, because love is too much of a burden to carry. And, may we have the commitment to better not only ourselves, but our neighbors, our cities, our states, and our country, and the world in which we all share together in one large global community.