The nation recognizes and pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January (January 20, 2020). Dr. King was a true advocate of peace, brotherhood, and equal rights for everyone.
Dr. King had a vision for this nation – a magnificent, prophetic vision of hope. Dr. King expressed – and emphasized – that vision in his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Regrettably, it appears that we have “misplaced” his vision. Given the recent events that have occurred in Jersey City, New York, and other locations throughout the world, some might be led to believe that we have managed to corrupt Dr. King’s glorious “dream” and turn it into a shameful, haunting “nightmare.”
We have seen instances where individuals have spread violence and anti-Semitism. The distinctive stench of hatred and the bitter stain of bloodshed has spread across the local community. This country was founded on the endearing principle that “All men are created equal.” As such, every single one of us possesses “Certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
In this millennium, this century, this decade, and in this new year, we should make every endeavor to grasp and embrace the true spirit of Dr. King’s “dream.” Let us work together to “rediscover” his magnificent vision. It is up to all of us to make a sincere effort to replace acrimony and hostility with understanding and compassion, to supplant ignorance and intolerance with wisdom and acceptance, to focus on unity instead of division and derision, and to promote equal rights for all Americans.
Perhaps by making this effort, we can live up to the fundamental “truths” found in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, all men are created equal.”
John Di Genio
Albert J. Cupo