Quantcast

Kings memory reminds us that many together are mighty

caines | 1/11/2012, 7:30 a.m.

By this time next week, most of you will have listened to Stevie Wonders salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Happy Birthday, more times on Black radio stations like HOT 105 and 99 JAMZ than a sane man or woman can bear. But that is the price we pay for trying to squeeze all of the accomplishments of one of the countrys greatest leaders into one 24-hour period. Its almost the kind of frustration we face when Blacks everywhere try to do their part in February for Black History Month and wind up competing for dates, times and venues. Perhaps we should make the King Holiday the start of our recognition of Kings contributions to Black America, the U.S. and the world. Then we can continue the party throughout the remaining months. Dr. King is often portrayed as this larger-than-life figure who made his mark most prominently in the fight for civil rights before being assassinated. But if you read the works that he penned or listen to his sermons, what you find is a man who realized he was flawed, understood his strengths and his limits, feared for the safety of his wife and children and reluctantly admitted that his chances for living a long life were slim. What remains most impressive about King, however, was his keen understanding that his accomplishments were not achieved because of his singular brilliance but due to the hard work and sacrifices made by those who were part of the movement. King could never have reached the pinnacle of honor that he so justly deserves without the everyday, little-known efforts of ordinary people. King was undoubtedly a superior commander-in-chief but he knew that the war could not be won without plenty of warriors. We stop to honor and remember our brother because he made a difference in our lives today. The world as we know it is a far different place than it was in 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown vs. Board of Education and determined that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. And it is a better place because a young Morehouse graduate and preacher named Martin King decided to stand up for justice and to speak out for equal rights for all.