Today is the American federal holiday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. This incredible man was an inspiration in his fight for equality during a tumultuous time in the history of our country. He led a nonviolent movement of peaceful resistance that still serves as a prime example of how to love those who fight against us.
And as the echos of his famous speech, “I have a dream…”, ring in our ears, I’ve been searching ways to commemorate this day to honor such an influential leader:
There are many Memorial Marches being held across the country. In Raleigh, folks can join in at 10 am today. The march starts at the NC State Capitol Building: http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/event/martin-luther-king-memorial-march
To answer the call of one MLK’s many famous quotes Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ folks can join in the MLK Day of Service. There are still plenty of opportunities available:
If you’re out an about today, perhaps a visit to a beautiful park is just the thing! The National Parks Service offering free admission to all parks: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks
Since most schools are closed today, perhaps you’re looking for something fun with the little ones. Marbles Kids Museum is celebrating Community Heroes today: Kids can meet firefighters, police officers or paramedics as well as helping to pack food for the Backpack Buddies program from 10 am to 1 pm: http://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/mlkday
For more long-term ideas, ABC news shares five ways to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. including how to give, how to learn, how to teach, how to commit and how to dream: http://abcnews.go.com/US/ways-honor-martin-luther-king-jr/
Don’t miss the beautiful photos from the MLK Memorial Wreath-Laying Ceremony held yesterday in Washington: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/20/mlk-memorial-dc-wreath-laying
And finally, perhaps just taking 15 minutes out of your day to watch one of the most historically significant speeches of the 20th century…
Martin Luther King Jr. was only 39 years old when he was assassinated and he died with a 60 year old heart. He truly gave his life for transformation in this country. Let’s remember and honor his legacy with more than just a few one-day activities: let us share, respect, serve and love one another throughout this year and years to come.