“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”
On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. shared that dream with the world, and in those words offered the strong opinion that every one who takes a breath in this nation is entitled to the same opportunities, respect and dignity as the next man or woman.
It was a speech that brought solidarity and purpose to those fighting for Civil Rights, and opened a few eyes to who this man was, and the mission he had partaken. He was not, in fact, a black supremacist, or wanting more than anyone else. He just wanted an equal playing field, and he was going to use peace, the will of others and strength of character to get there.
On Monday, Jan. 19, our nation will take time to honor King’s legacy, and the imprint he left on this nation — and, in reality, the entire world.
There will be parades and memorials, celebrations and rememberances. It is surely a sign of progress in this nation that we honor King’s work today, and that will only be enhanced if this legacy continues to be treasured long into our future.
We honor King by continuing to fight for equality for everyone in this country, and by practicing that notion every day in our own lives. He did not just fight for equality from the government, but also for respect and dignity in how we all deal with each other.
His is a legacy we can all take pride in, but only if it is a legacy we continue to honor through our actions.