Equality, love, and peace are too rare a commodity in this world that we live in. thanks to the work and words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the world is a bit more equal, a bit more loving, and a bit more peaceful. he was an integral part of the 20th century’s Civil Rights Movement as a powerful speaker and strong leader, but most importantly as a man who believed in nonviolent protest. he was one of the few, especially in such a tumultuous time in our country and our world, who believed that peacefulness could lead to conflict resolution. His theory was proved right, as he and his beliefs played a role in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made racial segregation in the United States illegal, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ensured equal access to the right to vote for African American citizens. He was arrested 30 times for his involvement in civil rights activities, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
His marriage to fellow activist Coretta Scott King, was a thing of beauty. In keeping with their beliefs of love, peace, and equality, the pair were an inseparable couple, working, living, and raising their family together until his death in 1968.
Every year we celebrate on the Monday nearest his January 15th birthday. This observation of his birthday became a national holiday in 1983. On this day, we are all encouraged to reflect on our lives and the world we live in, thinking about Dr. King’s principles of peace and love, and how we each play a role in creating a better future.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.