Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- by Hollace Lyon, Chair
Mon, Jan 20, 2020 - 11:32 AM
Posted by Hollace lyon
in Pinal County
Chair, Pinal County Democrats
Today, we celebrate a great man. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., was not great because he led people. People followed because he was great. He was not great because of his beliefs. He was great because he lived those beliefs. Despite the blatant, “lawful” disregard for their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, he peacefully stood against those unjust laws and their enforcers, at great personal risk. In his letter from the Birmingham City Jail, he poetically and emphatically described to other Christian leaders why they should be assisting rather than, at the least, begrudging, the demonstrations he helped organize.
No matter what your creed, you can’t help but admire someone who strives to be better and make the world better for all people. Especially in today’s charged, divisive, and propagandized era, we must stand together as those who see clearly, through the fog. Although Rev. King directed his speech to African Americans, he represented the struggle all people, throughout time, have waged against their oppressors. Yet, his “weapons” were love, faith, hope, courage, and words.
So, together, let us take lesson from the examples set by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., by reflecting on his words and deeds, and rededicating ourselves to them; “We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will. And we shall continue to love you.”