The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Bill would dramatically slash poverty

With our nation having just commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us remember the legacy of the man who spread a message of peace and justice and challenged America to fulfill the true promise of Democracy. Among Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches is that which included his powerful remarks lamenting over the impact of the war in Vietnam on poverty.

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A dream that is neither lost nor forgotten

It has been four and a half decades since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a Dream” speech that elevated America’s aspirations for justice and equality. The nation has come far since then, removing the legal barriers to equality of opportunity in housing, employment and education, while opening the political process to full participation by people of all races.

 

On the way to the Promised Land

In the almost four decades since the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he has become an iconic figure in America.  As the leading voice of the 20th century for the civil rights movement, his message of hope and social justice transcended race because it gracefully and eloquently articulated the vision our Founding Fathers had for this nation.

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Dr. King would be troubled by the crisis in Darfur

As an advocate of human rights, peace and love, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be troubled by the divisiveness and dehumanization at the root of the terror and turmoil in Dafur, Sudan. Dr. King would encourage us to respond to the crisis with love: “Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

 

Serving humanity — following others’ lead

Through great personal sacrifice, Dr. King pushed a nation once separated by race to serve as a worldwide model of freedom and democracy. As we remember Dr. King, we must continue to live out his legacy of unselfish love and devotion. Dr. King’s legacy resounds throughout humanity’s consciousness: “Everybody can be great … [b]ecause anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. … You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

 

African Americans lag behind in health, education

I believe we may be on the verge of plowing some new ground, creating some new paths, electing some leadership. Dr. King’s voice seems to echo across the years: We need to keep on dreaming if we are to turn hope into reality.