Today (January 19th) honours the birthday of a man who paved the way for many and played an integral role in all of our lives.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionist who did all he could to make a difference. In a world that feels unjust at times, we have to keep striving for a change. I’ve yet to see the movie Selma but I’ve heard people say it’s fitting as we are currently experience social unjust with the recent events.
I wonder if Dr. King was alive today, would he feel we’ve progressed or receded as a race? On one hand, I would think that seeing a black president would make him proud. Not because President Obama is black, but because it shows the power of perseverance and the persistent need for change; people kept working to carry out his legacy of hope.
On the other hand, with senseless deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and countless other nameless souls (whose story will never be told), these lives have been taken and justice was blinded by the laws that were put in place to protect the innocent.
This makes me question, how much progression has really occurred? How much have we as humans actually evolved? Is it possible that history is just a series of reoccurring events which circles time?
On this day, as we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, we (as a human race) need to be aware of where we’ve been and where we’re going to get to where we are destined to be.
Let’s work at being ‘the change’ that needs to happen.