MLK day is a commemoration of an iconic person who contributed much into the American history towards the fight against injustice, equality, human rights, and racism. His speech entitled “I have a dream” was a moving piece that presents the call to action against violation and injustices happening around us not only towards his people but to every human being with inherent rights as created by the same image and likeness of God.
As a newcomer and a millennial in this country, what gives?
Do not treat MLK day like any other holiday or just for Black Americans. Everyone is interconnected and related in some way with our common struggle of injustice, inequality, and freedom. Until we realize how closely our destiny are intertwined with one another, we will always fail to witness the dream Luther King expressed in his speech. It moved me when he said:
The new militancy… must not lead us to distrust of all our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
Freedom is not merely saying “let them be.” It is about walking together on that narrow road where often times asks us to give our own life for what we believe for others. Freedom is not you do your thing and I’ll do mine. No! That is pure individualism and indifference. Freedom is when you know that you are not alone and someone walks with you.
Own the dream. It is not money that made America great. Political power, neither. Military might. Is not either. Wall, definitely not. It is the people who embrace that dream of Luther King. In every way with all their best tries to live those dream. “Makes America great again!” is itself a failing goal. Why? It is because America has been doing great already for so many years. It was reflected by different people who stand an ideology of freedom, equality, human rights and faith in God. To say “making America great again” is to admit that America failed to become great. Until we do not embrace owning the dream of Martin Luther King Jr., we will continue to fail to achieve, freedom and equality. He said:
The ultimate measure if a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times if challenges and controversy.
Answer the call to service. In the recent report of Pew Research Center, it said that one of the priorities of millennials is to be able to help a person in need. I think millennials more and ever have heard the question of Luther King Jr., “What are you doing for others?” Are you doing something? I do believe millennials are not disengaged in any political or societal issues. We are just tired of the inaction of those who supposed to lead the action.
In all, Martin Luther King Jr. has stood up for something he firmly believed and ready to die for. And, there are so many of them who have done the same. He said:
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
What gives it to you?