Imagine a world where people have to drink out of a specific water fountain or where races cannot mingle with one another without being arrested. Imagine a barrier between black and white, a segregated society with no compassion for the other race. Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr. never stood up against racial inequality.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, falling on January 18th this year, celebrates the life and legacy of King as he stood up for equal rights in America. Though this holiday is widely celebrated, some Americans do not care or understand the true meaning of this day. Even though it is not a gift-giving holiday, it still holds in depth meaning and deserves to be celebrated by all.
It is a day of interracial acceptance and celebrating each other’s differences. This holiday is not designed to be celebrated only by African Americans. The day is meant for every culture and race to commemorate the life of a man who gave up his own for America’s equality.
“I think Americans should pay attention to the lessons of Martin Luther King because he helped make sense out of a great deal of madness and brought rights that all people can enjoy especially the African American culture and other minorities. He had the dream that everyone is born equal and people are celebrated and respected for that,” Mrs. Kuta, sociology and government teacher, said.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not only a day of remembrance for a man so bold and outspoken, but it is a day of service. King’s goal for America was that the country would rejoice and come together to help one another. The day is meant for helping the helpless, feeding the hungry, and most importantly, loving each other.
King’s powerful message embodied America and gave citizens hope again. The only way for our country to reach its potential is to bring his beliefs to life, give them meaning, and be the change that King seeked.
“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.” -Martin Luther King Jr.