Martin Luther King Jr. Day highlights an opportunity for us to reflect on our community, our hopes and dreams, and our path to a better future.
The Reverend King inspires us to not only pursue our dreams and goals, but also to fight against injustice and social inequity. He challenges us to become agitators.
In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King talks about his desire to foster tension because the community has become complacent. He is referenced as an “outside agitator.”
We still need agitators.
Consider some of these statistics:
- There are now 47 million people living below the poverty line which is more people than during Dr. King’s time.
- A recent study conducted in Seattle found that the “first available taxi stopped 60% of the time for a white student but less than 20% of the time for a black student .”
- Homeless children are at an historic high of 2.5 million (2016), an 8% increase over from 2015, which means one in 30 children don’t have a home in the US, one of the top 10 wealthiest countries in the world.
So today, tomorrow, this month, or even this year, step up your game and cause some agitation wherever you find complacency.
1. Dare yourself to “be” the change.
2. Dare yourself to stand up to injustice and inequality.
3. Dare yourself to take action to make your community more tolerate to diversity.
4. Dare yourself to help those who are less fortunate, disenfranchised, or marginalized.
5. Dare yourself to keep dreaming and to have hope.
6. Dare yourself to challenge your default habits that keep you living small and not big.
7. Dare yourself to take action even if it means ruffling some feathers.
There is still so much to do to promote a more “perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” ( US Constitution )
As Reverend Martin Luther King Jr said in his “I have a dream…..” speech:
When we allow freedom to ring-when we let it ring
from every city and every hamlet, from every state and
every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all
of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and
Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join
hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
“Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are
free at last.”
Dream big, have hope, spread compassion, cause a ruckus. You can make a difference.