Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He would be 85 years old this year, had he not been assassinated for his work to bring equality and acceptance where there was racism and hatred.
In 1963, he shared his vision with about 250,000 Americans who marched on Washington in support of freedom and equality for all.
“ . . . And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Over 50 years later, we see the fruits of his labor: Both the successes as well as the struggles to bring equality ever more deeply into the fabric of American life.
For some, today is just a day off from work. For many, it’s a day to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and give thanks for the sacrifices he made to help make his dream a reality.