Martin Luther King Jr.

Thu. January 15, 2009 12:00 AM
by Bill Pritchard

January 19th celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. It is a time to remember, reflect and respond to the call of that make a difference pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. !

King's wife, the late Coretta Scott King challenged us saying, "On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit." The King Center continues that challenge by admonishing us to look at Monday the 19th as a "Day On. . . Not A Day Off"

I can't think of a better way to look at it! Sure some of us may not have to go in to work, but perhaps you can take a few moments that day and study the life of Dr. King or volunteer your time at a community event or center. Truthfully, the parallels between the fight that Martin Luther King Jr. fought and those of the LGBT community are very much the same; equal rights, civil treatment, and safety, to name a few.

This is also a time to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. The "Dream" is being fulfilled!

I want to challenge you this month to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in committing to be a person of equality, diversity, and care for those around you