Happy Birthday Dr. King:
Tuesday is an important day in our countries future. On Tuesday, January 20th 2008 Barack Obama becomes President in a country where less than 50 years ago it would have been hard for him to vote in many parts of this country because he is an African American. Historical to say the least.
Today is an important anniversary in our countries past and yes future. Today is Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday. He would be 80 years old if he had not been gunned down at the young age of 39. That is right he changed the world he lived in for the better before he was forty. A man who started a movement that insured that Barack Obama and millions like him would be guaranteed their right to vote , and all of the other civil rights that we Americans are promised in the United States Constitution.
Some of my older classes have been looking at Mahatma Gandhi this week. Gandhi led a peaceful protest against the racism and discrimination of Indians in their own nation by the English. He used non-violent protest like King to change laws and gain freedom. Indeed he did it first. King learned from Gandhi about the principles of non-violence and love as weapons to fight injustice and racism. King learned that violence would not change things, he saw that peaceful protest was the only way to really change things. And things have changed. I was very young when King was murdered, I remember. I am old enough to see the changes in our world. I owe as does Barack Obama a debt of thanks to King and the thousands of people who fought peacefully for equality for all people.
One thing that Gandhi said that really applies to King ” Be the change you want to see in the World” King was the change he wanted to see. He gave up his life, working for years to make this world better for all. King was the change he wanted to see in the world, was an example of love and peace.
Yes Tuesday is an important day, celebrate it, enjoy it and remember it. After a past that included slavery and segregation we have an African American President, but lets not forget how important today, January 15th is as well.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.