Remembering The Legacy

Yesterday, we honored an outstanding man in American history…who was taken from us 40 years ago by an assassin’s bullet. His name was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He spoke of equality….he practiced non-violence as a means to get there.  Today, though there have been great strides in our society and in our culture, but full equality has not been reached.  And often times today, we tend to go to violence in order to achieve our goals…whether it be to keep people down or for us to try and move ourselves up.  And this just isn’t the way it should be done.

As we paused yesterday to remember not just the man but also is legacy, we should also remember what he practiced — nonviolence.  It is truly the only logical way to fight hatred, stupidity, and from even more violence.  Dr. King once said, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

This is something we should be reminded of in our society. Not only should we be remembering this remarkable man but also what he practiced. Violence and hatred are not the answer….and they never will be either.  Neither solve any problems….only help to create them.  Only when we learn to tolerate and love one another can we truly achieve the greatness that humanity is capable of.  We’re not always going to agree, and we’re not always going to get along….but we must find a better to way to get through our disagreements than violence and hatred.

Dr. King would be proud of the steps that have been taken in our society in the past 40 years, but, I think, he would still be fighting for more…since full equality has not yet been achieved by everyone.  If he were still with us today, I feel like he would still be preaching to us to take a non-violent approach to achieve our goals.  And though he was taken from us, the message that he still believe has the ability to live on and grow stronger if we allow it to do so.

His life may have been cut short, but his words and his ideals still live on. We have the ability today to practice what he preached, and we must endeavor to do so. We must continue the struggle in a non-violent manner because more violence will not and cannot counter society’s problems.

Equality will be achieved….the means to how we get there as a people depends on the courses of action we take today. And I believe, the answer to that goes back to a man of the past….a man in which we honor….we remember.

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