Remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today we honor the life and accomplishments of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an important figure in the civil rights movement, who advocated for nonviolent means of protest in an effort to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States. From leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott to his "I Have a Dream," speech at the March on Washington, Dr. King taught us many lessons about courage, strength and determination.
Although civil rights issues continue to plague oppressed people around the world, there is no denying that Dr. King laid a foundation for progress for his generation and generations to come. His message embodies a true humanitarian spirit, one of peace and sacrifice.
It is fitting then that Martin Luther King Day is also a national day of service, an opportunity to give back to the community in which we live and beyond. It should not be regarded as just a day off from school or work. As Dr. King famously said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"