Today is Martin Luther King’s Day. It is a celebration of a man’s life that was dedicated to change and equality.
But I wonder how many people who are not of African American descent ‘know’ what that really means?
I noticed in the past when there’s a holiday, there are all kinds of posts on blogs about that holiday or some famous person’s birthday and what they did for the world.
I thought the same would happen today, but I was sadly mistaken. I don’t see any posts or blogs on the true importance of this day and that it represents a man’s fight for quality and freedom.
Martin Luther King did not just fight for equality for just African American’s. His famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’ talks about equality for all people. How many people really know what that means?
I Have A Dream By Martin Luther King
As an African American woman I was raised down south. I’m also old enough to have attended, at that time, an all African American Elementary School.
I remember (and I’m not really all that old) when we were not allowed to attend the ‘White schools’, but I was way too young to understand what was going on.
Brown vs. Board: Timeline of School Integration in the U.S. talks about when ‘The Civil Rights Act of 1964′ is adopted. Title IV of the Act authorizes the federal government to file school desegregation cases. Title VI of the Act prohibits discrimination in programs and activities, including schools and receiving federal financial assistance.’
In 1968 was the first time I attended school with children of other races! I was 8 years old and I attended a summer program in North Carolina where I was born. For me, it was no biggie, but in the outside world there was much unrest that as a child I was unaware of.
So What Is The True Important of Martin Luther King Day
That day I attended that summer program was a new beginning for me and our country. Right now our country is completely diversified. No matter where you go, there are all races working together, going to school together, involved in relationships, etc. We have an African American President and despite the politics of those who don’t like that, the significance of it is what is important.
Martin Luther King’s dream did come true and the celebration of this day is truly warranted that our lives, all lives have changed so much because of this man’s dream.
Is there still racial unrest? Yes, believe it or not, but the significance and importance of Martin Luther King’s Day still is a truly important historical moment for all of us.
Even young African Americans don’t really understand the significance. They don’t understand that they should appreciate the significance of Martin Luther King Day and the battle this man fought.
They don’t understand the ability to be able to go to school, go to the mall, go buy a car, congregate in one place to socialize, eat in a restaurant and drink from the same water fountain (all the things we couldn’t do before Martin Luther King’s fight.)
Without Martin Luther King’s contributions and battles against segregation we would not be allowed to stand together and live together as one nation now. It may not be perfect, but we have come a long, long, long way.
Martin Luther King Day is significant in the life of ALL of us and we should take a moment to celebrate that. All of the nationalities that live in the U.S. today should be celebrating.
All I ‘m saying is that we should honor the man in our own way. The government has given this day as a holiday, but how do you celebrate it?
Maybe we should all just send up a simple, silent prayer of thank you for a job well done. Thank you Martin Luther King for your sacrifice. He sacrificed the greatest thing he could for equality – this Life.