In Honor of Dr. King

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Today, I have been reflecting on what this day means for our country, and what we can do to carry on Dr. King's important legacy.

Since 1986, we have recognized this day as a US federal holiday, in honor of the work Dr. King did during the Civil Rights movement.  From his work as a Baptist minister and social justice advocate, to his support for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, to his leadership in the March on Selma, Dr. King dedicated his life's work to combating poverty, fighting for racial and social equality, and supporting human rights throughout our country.

Today, I have been particularly moved by Dr. King's emphasis on non-violent action.  Right now, our country is experiencing a very trying time in its history, with echoes, at times, of the Civil Rights era Dr. King lived through.  Service was part of Dr. King's calling, and its so critical for all of us in 2018.  Whether it's volunteering at a soup kitchen, spending time at a nursing home, or going out to vote on election day, we must not forget these words from the "Letter from Birmingham Jail":

"I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny."

So, happy MLK Day, everyone.  As we fight for Dreamers, for healthcare, for voting rights lets all remember that we will succeed by working together.

Thank you for all your support and service!

Lauren