Originally written four years ago on January 15, 2007, I find the article just as relevant today, given the recent national headlines:
Today we celebrate the birthday of one of America's greatest men, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man light years ahead of his time. His commitment to principle and his personal responsibility to be a catalyst for change, represents the ultimate sacrifice, it speaks to his character. He understood that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and that "whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly".
This gifted intellectual, stepped outside of his comfort zone and followed his calling to pick up the gauntlet and lead the multitudes to the proverbial "Promised Land", a place where "the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold", a place Offering Sanctuary to All in the Storms of Life.
Dr. King's lived experiences taught him that "violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred and not love". Well equipped to travel the journey of change with us, he did so, as long as he could, for as far as he could. It is now our responsibility to continue onward. What will be your sacrifice for a better world? What will be your legacy? How will your character be judged?