Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr... An Enduring Legacy

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HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

AN ENDURING LEGACY OF SERVICE

 

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Today, we honor the life and enduring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. for the profound impact he made in overcoming racial discrimination during the Civil Rights movement. His spirit lives on as we celebrate his accomplishments, his life of service, and our freedoms.

 

2023 marks the 55th year since Dr. King was assassinated. As a young adult in college at the time of this assassination, I well remember the horror of that day which felt like it came on the heels of JFK's assassination for those of us who also lived through that day. I believe just some 30% of Americans alive today were alive when both these men died. What's interesting to me is that at the time of Dr. King's death, he had a very low approval rating amongst Americans.  In the intervening years there's been an amazing recognition and appreciation of what he brought to the Civil Rights movement and his message for all humanity. At the time of his death, those of us who were alive would not have expected this enduring legacy. I know that each passing year I have more of an appreciation for this amazing man's legacy.

 

Martin Luther King's life and legacy is a story of personal sacrifice and service to others for the greater good. Today, let's not just remember his bold words and actions promoting freedom, justice and equality for all. Let's also follow in his footsteps by volunteering to serve our local communities. Together we honor his memory and make our neighborhoods, where ever they might be, a better place to call home.

 

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With a Day of Service



Martin Luther King Day is more than just a day of remembrance. It's also a day of service. Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service that encourages all Americans to give back to their local communities.

 


How to serve your community on Martin Luther King Day:

  • Collect clothing and personal care items for a women's or men's shelter
  • Serve meals at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen
  • Volunteer with youth programs
  • Clean up a local park or your neighborhood
  • Support a local group or cause that you are passionate about

 

Embracing compassion, encouraging peace, standing with and not against your neighbors – this is the message and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this day, share his hopes and dreams by giving back, extend your hand to those in need and let kindness prevail. What better way to pay tribute to Dr. King than to carry on his legacy of service by making our neighborhoods a better place to call home?

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Fair Housing Legacy


Today, as we look back and remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we also recognize and celebrate the impact he continues to have on the real estate industry for over five decades.


During the early 20th century, discriminatory housing practices segregated and relegated African-Americans to live in low-income areas with poor-quality residences. Dr. King saw this as a key component of racial injustice in the United Sates and in 1966 co-led the Chicago Freedom Movement, a campaign that fought for the right of Black Americans to seek housing wherever they pleased. At that time, Dr. King famously said:

 

"We are here today because we are tired. We are tired of paying more for less... We are tired of living in rat-infested slums... Now is the time for making real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of us."

 

One week after Dr. King's assassination in 1968, the Fair Housing Act was signed into law.

 

"We must use time creatively in the knowledge that the time is right to do what is always right."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Coldwell Banker Realty fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act, which protects all people from discrimination when renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities.

 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



If you're considering buying a house in the Greater Charlotte area, please reach out to me. It would be my honor to help you find the home of your dreams.

 

"We must learn to live together or perish as fools."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 Nina Hollander, RE/MAX Broker, Realtor

 

 

 

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Comments (50)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Dorie Dillard Austin TX thank you, Dorie, for the kind comment. And I agree... and that's also why I included that MLK quote in my post... outside of the splash of the I Have A Dream speech half a century ago... I also don't think back then most of us ever thought he's be such a giant in our country's history.

Jan 16, 2023 09:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Michael Jacobs hi Michael... I was trying to get that message of perspective across in my post. I always think of Dr. King as an "unexpected" legacy that has endured when no one would probably have predicted it 55 years ago. 

Jan 16, 2023 09:30 AM
Michael Jacobs

And you did.  

Jan 16, 2023 09:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

faye schubert hi Faye... I might have been a few years older than you and so I did get more of the gravity of some of the events of the 1960's. I was in my last year of college when MLK and RFK were assassinated. It's really an odd feeling... some days it feels like all this happened a long time ago and others like it happened last month.

Jan 16, 2023 09:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sam Shueh hello Sam... I was 20 years old when MLK was assassinated... obviously, a long time ago... and yet it doesn't seem like all that long ago. The world has changed so much in the last 5+ decades it's hard to wrap one's mind around it sometimes.

Jan 16, 2023 09:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Bob "RealMan" Timm good morning, Bob... I do believe you've said it very well. MLK was a servant of God for sure.

Jan 16, 2023 09:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Thank you, Roy... the week is becoming very busy... I haven't come up for air since before New Year and it doesn't look like I will for the rest of the month.

Jan 16, 2023 09:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I heard that, Sheri. Joan Cox is in Tucson and she told me it was raining. It's been on the cool side here, but at least it's sunny.

Jan 16, 2023 09:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Michael J. Perry that's a good way to put it, Michael. Sadly his work is not yet done and maybe even more sadly, we don't see another MLK on the horizon right now.

Jan 16, 2023 09:36 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Good morning Nina,

Very good post, thank you for sharing this post. I was 11 when he was assassinated and I still remember the day. He was a good man, it’s so unfortunate his life was taken to soon, as it would’ve been interesting to see how much more he would have accomplished. 

Jan 16, 2023 11:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina- what a moving post to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. And I agree, I too am of the age where I remember what happened during those years and yet with the 20/20 vision of hindsight, I and others are better able to understand how significant this man was. 

Jan 16, 2023 11:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Steve Higgins hi Steve... I was just thinking about that myself earlier today. Of course, that's always an unanswered question anytime someone is cut down in the prime of life.

Jan 16, 2023 11:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... MLK is indeed one of those historic characters who can't be fully appreciated except with the passage of time.

Jan 16, 2023 11:59 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

A beautiful tribute to MLK Nina Hollander, Broker I was watching a special on HULU this morning on how the FBI tried to discredit his name. There still are unopened files that will be opened they are sealed about his personal life. Sometimes things should remain sealed. I remember watching the march on TV MLK was a man that will be remembered by me as a peaceful man fighting for the rights of Men and women. He was a really brave and great man of our time. 

Jan 16, 2023 01:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hannah Williams hi Hannah... thank you... so much we don't know about the history of the civil rights movement and MLK and what was going on behind the scenes.

Jan 16, 2023 01:57 PM
Hannah Williams

They want to talk about his personal life with women. personally, I don't care. Nina Hollander, Broker That is between him and his wife  

Jan 16, 2023 02:08 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Hannah Williams I would agree.

Jan 16, 2023 02:39 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Hello Nina, awesome tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Like you I was touched deeply by his assination in 1968. A few months later, I was more active in politics and the 1968 Presidential Campaign. I had to leave my government position due to the Hatch Act which was nothing compared to his death. I hope more people will take the time to not only look back but look ahead as there is work to do. 

Jan 16, 2023 03:26 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Beautiful tribute to Martin Luther King. One of the best I have read. I have to wonder what he could have accomplished had he not been killed to silence his voice. However, maybe his words get more respect because of the tragic way he died. 

Jan 17, 2023 12:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Debra Leisek good morning, Debra... so good to "see" you. It's been a while. Trust all is well and that 2023 is off to a great start for you. I have also often wondered what might have been if MLK had lived. And, like you, I've often wondered if his words have more meaning and attention today because he died so young.

Jan 17, 2023 04:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Emily Medvec good morning, Emily... sadly, there's always more work to do... in all aspects of life. What we should hope for is that MLK's words inspire more people to get on with the work in the way he'd have wanted to see it done.

Jan 17, 2023 04:42 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina, MLK had a huge impact on this country and our movement towards equality.  Unfortunately the present WOKE culture has done much to undermining his work and vision.

Jan 17, 2023 03:15 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto good morning, George... I'm with you on that, George. I think that MLK might just be spinning in his grave these days.

Jan 18, 2023 04:17 AM