Making the Dream a Reality – Remembering Martin Luther King Jr

Many people have January 19th off to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How many of us actually spend time reflecting on his accomplishments and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our Country? Do your children know why they have the day off?

The above video was captured during a celebration of life of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. I tried to capture the stimulating and energizing words of Pastor Molly Davis of the Burning Bush United Holy Church in Vanceboro, NC.

She had us sitting on the edge of our seats as we listened to her inspiring words that resounded in the minds of over two hundred people at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in New Bern, NC.

Pastor Davis brought people to their feet reciting Dr. King’s incredible accomplishments and reminded us that we can overcome any of life’s obstacles as Martin Luther King did.

Dr. King grew up during segregation, graduated from a segregated school; graduated from Morehouse University; became the President of the NAACP and the SCLC; was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize; and his actions ultimately influenced the US Supreme Court to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Also, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. These are only some of his numerous achievements for the greater good.

To say that Martin Luther King was a great speaker doesn’t do him justice as he was much more than that. His words resonated in the lives of millions of people and empowered them to advocate for nonviolent, grassroots efforts towards the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his death on April 4, 1968.

He was instrumental in the “March for Jobs and Freedom”. In a World without the Internet and social media, how was he able to convince over a quarter of a
million people to “March on Washington” 1963?

It’s time for us to set aside our differences and come together as a Nation as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of. If he could do it with the incredible obstacles he faced during desolate times, we can too!

Let’s remember Dr. King by paying it forward and opening our minds and hearts to the ideas of others. Who knows what roads could be paved by setting our egos and differences aside and get back to what our Country is all about – We are called the “United States” for a Reason.

My ultimate takeaway from serving 21+ years in the US Navy, is that I’ve lived with people from all walks of life and races. I considered them as my surrogate family. Race didn’t matter as we took care of each other.

Wendy Card

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