The Lamp

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More Than Another Day Off

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the nation’s only black man held in such esteem that a federal holiday honors his name. The minister and activist has become an American icon for racial justice. Consequently, his legacy should mean more to people than a chance to sleep late on a Monday morning.

Although many people remember King, some have forgotten his message. How did you spend Monday? Did you think about what life was like for Dr. King in the late 1960s or the changes that have occurred in the nation to allow for a day of such reflection? Gone is the era when it was unpopular – and even dangerous – to be associated with Dr. King or the Civil Rights Movement.

Although times have changed, racism is far from dead in America. For that reason, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday should not be a day to do nothing. Instead, it ought to be a day devoted to collaborative efforts aimed at eliminating the remaining vestiges of racial hatred.

“We have only to look at the reaction to the Rodney King incident to see that we have not come as far as we might have dreamed,” said Pastor Parsley. “We have not arisen to our destiny as a nation, and we never will as God has defined our purpose, until we see the forces of animosity and hatred and the walls of division destroyed by the crush of righteousness and love.”

The need is urgent, particularly as the racial composition of America continues to evolve. With increasing immigration and rising Hispanic birthrates, the citizens of this great nation will have to learn racial harmony and respect. The alternative is a future filled with the violent race wars that skinhead groups now angrily predict.



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