Monday, January 16, 2012
We honor Dr. Martin Luther King for his commitment to justice and equality for all people. He fought the status quo in full awareness that he would likely have to sacrifice more than most ever would, that he would pay the ultimate price. To be able to stare the possibility of death in the face and not back down is a true lesson in courage.
In 2012, freedom is still on the line in America. It may look a little different, but just as much is at stake. Dr. King once said that "freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed." Many in this country feel like their freedoms are being stripped away by government, by a permanent political class who is willing to sacrifice the future of our children and grandchildren, and by an administration that ignores our Constitution. No wonder people are rising up and making their voices heard. May we continue to do so nonviolently, but loudly if need be.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, whom we celebrate today, "Let freedom ring!"
Happy Martin Luther King Day.