On Monday MLK Day and all week we celebrate the life and "dream" of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He worked tirelessly to realize his dream of pluralistic, just and diverse society grounded in respect, dignity and eauality. Ultimately gave his life to free African Americans and other minorities from racial opression in the United States. His life and work embodied a desire for a more equitable and socially just society which lived up to the eloquent vision expressed in the U. S. Declaration of Indedendence (July 4, 1776):
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Two of Dr. King's most important and influential works during the Civil Rights Movement are presented here:
- The "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC (Aug. 28, 1963)
- The "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" (April, 16, 1963)
His life and work changed America in profound and lasting ways. His message continues to call on us to "walk the walk" of peace, dialogue, and understanding to bridge differences and conflicts. This week we honor Dr. Martin Luther King and his vision of a more just nation. It is a vision NACRJ shares.