Today marks a monumental holiday in American history and I not only want to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his inspirational accomplishments but I also want to reflect on what it means to have a dream and to continuously act upon it. For many, national holidays have now become nothing more than a day off of work or school. The intention of honoring those who have passed has become insignificant and well forgotten but it’s an important reminder to us to honor and remember the leaders who have made an imposing impact on social and civil rights movements.
Brief history of Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was a Baptist minister and an activist for social justice, racial equality, and economic equality. King was an advocate for peaceful protests, he played a lead role in the American Civil Rights movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the March on Washington. King influenced the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
What this means to us
It’s difficult for us to put into perspective how these historical events impact us on a day-to-day basis, but they do. Dr. King generated a movement, he inspired those who didn’t believe they had a voice that their rights are just as important as the next, and he dreamed for a world where individuals are treated equally, disregarding race. Years passed and his dream continues to live on.
The fight for social and racial equality is alive and strong as ever today and it’s important to remind ourselves of King’s dream and words.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Lastly, to remind ourselves of the change to come, let’s reflect on our own dreams. Do you have a dream? How do you envision your dream to become a reality?
Article written by Grace Chung.