Monday, January 21

Remembering Greatness: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every year, Americans observe Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15, 1929) on the third Monday in January, sometimes leaving others from around the world to wonder why. The reason is simple enough.

“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk … that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.

On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.” — Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr. represents someone who believed that all people could be great because all people can have a voice, can be heard, and can serve each other on the path of greatness. This idea, that we are all created equal with an equal opportunity for greatness, was part of his dream.

In addition to promoting his call to service in cooperation with the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada, we will be placing a remembrance video on Revver and a copy on YouTube with the hope that some people will gain a deeper appreciation for his work.



Anonymous said...

I made a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day video that I think EVERYONE will enjoy. It’s really short, and should put a smile on your face.

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day everybody

David Spates

Rich on 1/21/08, 5:05 PM said...

Hey David,

That's some funny stuff and it did put a smile on my face. Thank you for sharing it.


iriegal on 1/22/08, 1:45 PM said...

Rich, intolerance is a pet peeve of mine. I just can't understand not liking a person simply based on visual.
I often wonder why we don't appreciate the differences and celebrate the commonalities.

We need to start with our kids. Let them know that "THE Dream" doesn't have to be a dream.


Rich on 1/22/08, 2:50 PM said...

Great addition Iriegal.

Intolerance comes in many forms, most of which can be traced back to from ignorance and/or fear that is often intentionally and/or unintentionally taught to/learned by children.

Then, these children grow up with feelings that they later mistake as "gut instinct," when it fact they only have these feelings because of something they learned long before they even knew they were learning anything. How silly is that? ... Reacting to people and situations based upon what was seen/heard when we were four or five years old.

You're right of course. Helping people learn something is always easier than trying to help people unlearn something. Until my son was in first or second grade, roughly, he had no idea that such divisions existed.

All my best,

Rich on 3/16/10, 9:33 AM said...

With the increasing unreliability of Revver, some people might be interested to know that this video can also be found on YouTube.


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