Today we celebrate the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.”
Dr. King was many things to many different people. He helped to spearhead a movement that changed the dynamics of America, the African-American race and culture, women’s rights, and humanity. At the end of the day, he was a man – a husband, father, son, friend. A man that left an extraordinary mark for us all.
By remembering that he was an ordinary man with faults the same as you and I – yet, he was still able to accomplish extraordinary things and influence generations upon generations of people. It gives me hope. While we’ve come so far, we still have a ways to go. Will the dream ever become a reality? I believe it will.
If we, ordinary citizens, make a conscious decision to accept others – despite their differences from us or mainstream culture – then we can accomplish extraordinary things.
If we, ordinary citizens, make a conscious decision to focus on the character of a person and not their race, religion (or lack of), social status, or heritage – then we can accomplish extraordinary things.
If we, ordinary citizens, make a conscious decision to teach our children that we’re all created equal then we can accomplish extraordinary things.
I believe Dr. King’s dream – “where they [his children] will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” – will become a reality.
All it takes is ordinary persons to continue to make extraordinary choices…
Be blessed Divas, be extraordinary in all you do, and remember to be a blessing to others!