Honor Him: Martin Luther King Jr.’s work continues

Perhaps you have the luxury of spending a little more time reading this on a Monday morning because your place of business is closed, or you have stayed home to be with your kids because their school is closed today. Three-day weekends are nice, aren’t they?

It is more important now than ever to remember WHY we observe this holiday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

There is much, still, to learn from the man whose birthday we observe on the third Monday of January; particularly as some in our society appear to be getting more comfortable with openly displaying their steps backward from the dream he proclaimed, openly embracing those “chains of discrimination.”

Use today to think about that, folks. Use today to wonder whether we are any closer to achieving that dream, given in such vivid detail under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln’s larger-than-life memorial. Or whether we are running from it.


“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.'”


“And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: ‘My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring!’ And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.