Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 14, 2022
This coming Monday we celebrate the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If that day is a day off for you, an increasingly popular way to honor Dr. King’s legacy is with the concept of “A Day On, Not A Day Off.” Googling “Martin Luther King Day of Service Seattle” will yield many volunteer opportunities.
If you don’t have the day off, or if you are not able to commit to a volunteer day, another great way to remember (in the active sense that Pastor Greg speaks of) Dr. King is by reading or listening to at least one of his speeches other than--or in addition to--his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered during the March on Washington. That speech has been in the news a lot lately, especially in the context of the following quote: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." This quote is cited by many people as support for an “I don’t see color” approach to social issues. Would Dr. King agree with them if he were alive today?
In my opinion, the best way to answer this question, and do justice to his legacy, is to become familiar with the entire depth and breadth of his oratory, not just its most popular example. In doing so, you will gain some much-needed insight into his “content of their character” statement.