Millions of Americans are enjoying a federal holiday, but do you know much about the man we honor?
Martin Luther King Jr. was actually born January 15th, 1929. He was a Baptist minister who became the leader of a movement to encourage the United States to make good on the promise of racial equality that was won in our Civil War.
King used non-violent demonstrations to make his point. He was widely loved and hated by many, and he had a huge impact on our society. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Racial equality before the law is a fact in the United States today. Still, racial prejudice exists … between the several races that occupy this great “melting pot” of ours. Some hearts and minds will never be changed.
But we have that “equality before the law”, and that’s a wonderful thing indeed.
Our thought for today is from Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”