Yesterday, all across the country people gathered, held hands, prayed, sang.
People spoke of the struggle, of the fight for equality, of the need to recognize the worth of individuals no matter who they are. They talked about how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.
Everywhere, people remembered powerful words, felt their souls stirring in response to impassioned calls to action, vowed to move forward in concerted effort to come together in brotherhood.
It’s very difficult to come to terms with the fact that this we celebrated yesterday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lost his life because he believed in and fought valiantly and selflessly for the ideals of true freedom for all, of equality, of a world, as he put it so famously, “in which my children are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
We remember this man and celebrate his legacy for the same reason we commemorate many people and events -- because we need to do so.
We need to remember his life, his legacy, the incredibly powerful and important impact he made in his short time here. We need to celebrate his accomplishments, his victories; we need to honor his legacy. And we need to do it every day.
By remembering, by celebrating, by renewing resolve to move forward, we not only celebrate the man and the profound truths he continually laid bare before the world, we also celebrate and remember those who made positive impacts in their own ways and times. There are many people who, because of his example, did -- and still do -- brave, wonderful, important deeds and those actions and examples, whether known or unsung, are the true legacy of Dr. King.
Obviously, we need to remember, and learn, from yesterday.
More important, we need to take those lessons to heart today, tomorrow, and every day.