Whether you are enjoying the long weekend with your family or counting down the hours until the school bells rings tomorrow (or Wednesday if your kids go to Baltimore County Public Schools) I ask you to please, take a moment to remember why we celebrate this day.
In the 50 years that have passed since the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our country has changed dramatically. His movement paved the way for the Women’s Rights Movement, Gay Rights and for the recent initiatives for gender neutrality.
The more we change however, it is hard to deny that sameness still permeates our culture. Despite legislation and an increasingly open minded society, hate and prejudices remain ever present. Somehow, we have failed to learn one of Dr. King’s most important messages, thou shall not hate.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. I have decided to stick with love for hate is too great a burden to bear.”
His messages of hope, of freedom, equality, non-violence and love are just as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. May his dream, forever evolving, continue to echo in the hearts and minds of all Americans; “blackmen and whitemen, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics,…” for it is when freedom rings, that we will finally be; “free at last.”