Today has been set aside to honor a man who did much to insure that
all of mankind has an equal opportunity in this great nation of ours.
Martin Luther King showed us that change can be made through peaceful demonstrations. He showed us that we do not have to strike back when someone does us wrong. He made so many of us to stop and look at the way things were being done in this nation and that the way we had been doing things was not right.
His dream was that one day we would be one; one in opportunity, one in support of this nation, and where each one would be paid a living wage. We have come a long way, but there still is more to do. It is now up to us to carry forth what Martin Luther King and others like him, started. If this nation is to ever achieve what it is able to accomplish, it is going to take all of us doing our part. I like the words of John F. Kennedy when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country."
Men of all colors have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today and will continue to do so. Martin Luther King fought and died for a cause in which he believed. Are we willing to do the same? Are we willing to take a part in helping this great nation to be what MLK envisioned? If so we must be willing participants in the democratic process. We must not tear down but build up by being good citizens of the land in which we live. We must ask what can I do for my country.
I think this is what Dr. King would have wanted.