Monday, January 20, marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a day of remembrance, a day of service, a day of awareness and appreciation for the incredible work and sacrifices made by Dr. King and everyone on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. King harnessed the momentum of non-violent protest and community activism to change the course of American history, one person, one city, one state and one institution at a time. His words and accomplishments still resonate and inspire so many of us today. His legacy continues to be an invaluable example of what it means to lead and influence for positive change.
While King’s most famous speech was “I Have a Dream” at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, I am equally moved by what he said during his 1964 travels to Berlin, addressing head-on, a city divided by a wall, “Regardless of the barriers of race, creed, ideology, or nationality, there is an inescapable destiny which binds us together. There is a common humanity which makes us sensitive to the sufferings of one another.”
Common humanity. The connection that helps us decide what’s right not just for ourselves, but for the greater good of our communities. It’s what makes acts of service, like those that Dr. King promoted and took part in, so invaluable. This is a masterclass in integrity.
No matter how you serve your community, be it through tireless acts of service or simple acts of kindness, I thank you. As Dr. King famously stated, “The time is always right to do what is right.”