The nation recognizes and pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the third Monday in January (January 18, 2020). Dr. King was a true advocate of peace, brotherhood, and equal rights for everyone.
Dr. King had a vison 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 events that have occurred in a significant number of our major cities, 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 our cities have erupted angrily and violently. The distinctive stench of hatred and the bitter stain of bloodshed has spread across the nation. Yet, 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.”
We should grasp and embrace the true spirit of Dr. King’s “dream.” Let us work together to “rediscover” his 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 with wisdom, 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