Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Published on: January 23, 2018 by Desirae Brooks
Monday, as you all may know, was Martin Luther King Jr Day. Martin Luther King, Jr was a man, a father, a husband, a public speaker, an activist, a minister, and much much more. However, this isn't me writing his eulogy, so let's skip ahead a little. King spoke eloquently, leaving many quotes and letters still being recited today—I'm sure this fact was hard to miss as you scrolled through your Facebook feed or looked through Snapchat filters. With such a just and incredible message, I'm not entirely sure how to do him justice, so I'll let him speak.
"The time is always right to do what is right."
The correct thing may often be the difficult thing—but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do it. When making a decision, look at yourself, think about the situation, and decide what choice is right—then choose that one.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
There's so much hate everywhere around us. The only way to counter that hate is with love. By hating those who oppose you, you've become no better than them. Love them, hear them, and then go forward.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
We cannot say that injustice is not okay here but it's just fine there. Injustice affects us all, directly or indirectly. As a people, injustice hurts us all.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Speak up! Speak up when you see someone doing something wrong, speak up against injustice, hold yourself and others accountable.
"I've decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Spread love. All of us have so much to do, who has the time or energy to hate? Wouldn't all of our days be better with love and positivity?
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
How are you helping? Perhaps you did something huge and worldly—like travel across the ocean and help build a school or well. Or maybe you took time out of your day to spread some extraordinary positivity right here at home—like helping someone with directions or having patience when a situation may seem frustrating. One of these acts does not diminish the other. We are all people, and we all must do what we can to help each other in order to keep moving forward. We can't turn to the next page if we're leaving everyone behind on the first sentence.
Martin Luther King Jr spoke out for equality and justice. What can we do today to continue spreading his call for peace and equal treatment for all? What can we do to help each other? What can we do to better our world?