Divided we fall.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. What follows is not a tribute to a great man.(he was) It’s not my thoughts on the state of racism in this country. (there is) What follows is what MLK Day means to me.
Take a good look at this picture. What do you see? You see Dr. King, surrounded by people holding hands. A united front. Dr. King was a great man but he also had other, nameless heroes with him. You see them there. In countless other pictures of marches and sit ins. People who simply wanted a better life. One with dignity.
Now it’s a good thing that so many people today recognized the holiday with posts on various social media websites quoting Dr. King. However I would like to see a different kind of celebration. One that isn’t really a celebration at all. In honor of all those people who risked their lives for something they believed in I would like to see us all get off our computers , go out and stand for something we believe in. Words have power this is true. Many of you are writers or speakers and both those things have their place. How moved are many of us, still, years later by the “I Have a Dream” speech? Let’s not forget though that those speeches were to hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of people.
There comes a point where words can do no more and action is needed. So come on, let’s honor all those who came before us. Let’s get off the couch and go change the world again.