Today we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Some people don’t think any more of the day other than the fact that it is a holiday and a day off work. Other people are irritated that there is yet another holiday to inconvenience them by closing banks, the postal service, and other government offices. Thank goodness, there are many more who recognize the importance of what he did and the need to celebrate and honor that.
And thank goodness that we teach our children and grandchildren the legacy that King left us. Here in my small town there is an annual celebration that draws close to two hundred people, which is good since the population is just over 3,000. The majority of those people are African-American, but more and more people of other colors and cultures show up each year. There are, of course, the obligatory speeches by city and church leaders, but there is also a wide variety of entertainment, singing and dancing and dramatic readings of some of King’s most memorable speeches. It is always a good reminder of what Dr. King stood for.
I was proud to be active in the Civil Rights Movement, and we have made strides in acceptance and equality since the early 60s, yet prejudice and bigotry still impact our society way too much. Dr. King’s mission will not be complete until that no longer happens.
Dr. King left quite a list of inspirational quotes, and this is one of my favorites, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Wonderful words, but only wonderful if we take them to heart and act on them.
On the opposite side of the “love/peace” coin is the increasing danger students face when they go to school. According to a report in The Beast by Brandy Zadrozny, there have been 24 school shootings since the Newtown tragedy two years ago, the most recent in Philadelphia. While this latest one appears not to be the same as incidents of anger-motivated mass shootings, it still causes great concern. In a more recent article in The Guardian Liberty Voice, giving more details about the shooting at Delaware Valley Charter High School Michele Wessel questions how a young man was able to get a weapon into the school that was equipped with metal detectors.
Good question, but perhaps a better one – how did the kid manage to leave home with a gun?
On another note, as we look ahead to February and Valentine’s Day, Untreed Reads is having a special sale on romance novels – 30% off – from now through February 14th. I’m happy that my romance, Play it Again, Sam will be included in that sale along with other romance titles published by Uncial Press. They publish everything from sweet romance to hot, hot, hot, so there is something for everyone’s taste in a love story. Visit the Untreed Reads Store to see all the titles in the sale.