Today, Monday, January 19, 2015, we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr, for his everlasting service for the African American Civil Rights Movement.
Today, the media remembers him most for his speech made in Washington D.C., “I Have A Dream,” in the early part of his career. We remember him as the dreamer, the man who led the boycotts, and the man who got shot. But we tend to forget everything he did near the end of his life. We tend to forget the Martin Luther King who was a antiwar activist, the disciple of Gandhi, and pastor, the challenger of the apartheid and the economic order.
Today, we realize how much of a difference his actions made to promote equality and end discrimination. We realize that his non-violent movements successfully accomplished what he set out to do, without hurting anyone in the process. But we tend to overlook the calculated intelligence behind his actions. We tend to underestimate the importance of his well-thought out demonstrations and speeches in favor of his altruism and forgiveness. We tend to forget his likeness to his role model, another freedom fighter who practiced the same methods just 15 years before MLK’s famed speech
Despite the recent events that have taken place over the last year, we still have no right to say that racism is at large, for it is a select few that choose to act against the values that fighters like Dr. King taught us. For every claimed hate crime reported at large in the media, there may be another story in which the roles are switched, that never gets told. We, as the majority, have the ability to keep his legacy alive. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” We thank you Dr. King, for what you taught us, and for how you helped us.
-A special thanks to Aishwarya Nair for her help in writing this tribute article.