Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

A few years ago, our family traveled up the spine of the US to go to a family wedding in Wisconsin. On our way home, we decided to travel another route, which lead us through Memphis. Before our trip, we decided to make it a history lesson for our children (and for us). While in Memphis, we decided to visit the Lorraine Hotel, which sadly became well known as the place where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. If you have never been there, it has become a museum, and the immediate area surrounding his death has been left almost untouched. It’s like going back in time.

I was thinking about that visit over the weekend and wondered when we started honoring Dr. King’s birthday as a nation. I should have known that, but I didn’t. With a quick Google search, I was reminded that President Reagan signed legislation into law in 1983 to make the third Monday of January a federal holiday starting in 1986. It would take some time for each State to also observe this holiday.

What are we celebrating? A great example of how to face wrongs. Dr. King showed us that we do not need violence, but instead we can stand up for what is right with courage and acts of charity. I think that we can apply his example to a lot of wrongs in our society beyond civil rights.

Check out this great article on Dr. King and reflect on what you can do today to make the world better for all of us.

Happy birthday, Dr. King, and may your dream continue to live on!