On this day we have commemorated the life and legacy of one the greatest leaders of American history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I would even venture to say world history because his life truly was influenced by his worldview of how we mistreated our brothers and sisters worldwide. Some believe that Dr. King’s dream was so magnificent that we still have a ways to go. Whether you agree or not we must admit that much has since his 40+ years ago assassination. On this Monday, January 16, 2012 let’s also remember how this holiday was made possible.
I would like to focus on not just Dr. King but his wife Mrs. Coretta Scott King as well. Mrs. King went on to found the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social change in Atlanta, GA. She was the center’s president and CEO. In 1980, she built a 23-acre site surrounding the birthplace of Dr. King and a year later a museum was built of the site.
Without Mrs. King’s persistence to make the world not forget the dream of her late husband, Dr. King, she was able to get President Ronald Reagan signed into law every 3rd Monday in January the nation would celebrate the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by being involved socially with our communities. Let us also remember his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, because truly without her wisdom and strength to continue what her husband began we would not have a break from our daily activities to focus our attention on the live of others.
“There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.” –Mrs. Coretta Scott King
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.