Yesterday, on January 20th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated in the United States. Pictures, articles and quotes have popped up all over social media networks, as people celebrate his life and continue to fight injustice in his name. In addition to his noble cause, King was also an accomplished orator, which has helped his words and ideas stand the test of time. Following is one of my favorite King quotes…
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Take a minute out of your busy day to think about what King accomplished, and what is still left to do. In my opinion, one of his lasting legacies was dragging civil rights and injustice (of all forms) into the national consciousness and forcing a conversation on the subject.
Change is hard, and we’re usually not ready for it.
We typically have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to accept any level of change, but then, when we look back on it, we think, “man, what took us so long?” Think about that the next time you’re facing change — in business or life. Try to look at a situation from another point of view. Think about how you may view this situation 20 years down the road. If possible, step back and take a look at the big picture (after taking a deep breath).
Watch (or re-watch) King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech or part of it. Read a King quote and think about how it relates to your life. Take a moment to celebrate the life of a man who demanded change for the better, and how we can all be a part of his legacy by continuing to fight.
What’s your favorite King quote?
When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., what comes to mind?
Were you (or anyone you know) in Washington, D.C. for his speech?
Chime in with your thoughts on the man, his legacy and what’s still left to be done.
“I Have A Dream” speech video courtesy of Sullentoys.com YouTube account
Respecting a legend,