I grew up in a small, rural town in Texas where we didn’t ever get MLK day off. We briefly learned about him and his “I have a dream” speech in school. But we never went too much in depth on the impact this great man had on American society.
In this politically charged time, I think it’s important that we listen to some of the enduring words that he left us with. Below are a few of my favorite. Tomorrow, as the nation remembers MLK, take a few of these to heart. I know I will be.
- “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
- “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.”
- “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
By far, this is my favorite:
The time is always right to do what is right.
Looking back at history, there are many times that I am embarrassed of the things that we, as a country, allowed to happen. We may currently have a lot of problems, but I’m confident that this country is something to be proud of. So very many people have dedicated their lives to provide us all with freedom and equality. As we get ready to welcome our new president into office, it is my hope that President-elect Trump will pull us together to make America greater than it is already and to move forward.
Thanks to Garen for allowing me to share this beautiful photo to go with MLK’s beautiful words. I hope you all will share love with someone today through your words and actions, whether it be saying a simple hello with a smile or by donating your time or money to a charitable organization.
Remembering that today is the right time to do the right thing is how we can make America a little bit greater each day.