And we're starting to live it, thanks to the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The thing about civil rights leader and cultural icon that I found the most inspirational while learning and reading about him was his demeanor.
The equal rights activist was so firm and unswerving in his opinion that all men and women of all colors should live in equality, yet he was calm and advocated non-violence when faced with opposition. I read once that he was actually hit in the face with a brick during a march in Chicago in the late 60's - he did not lash out violently, he just kept on marching for his beliefs.
It doesn't take much to respond violently to opposition or hate, it takes a true man to rise above and use knowledge and intellect as your weapons. Dr. King sacrificed some small battles in an effort to win the war.
So, on this special MLK day before our first black President is inaugurated, take some time to reflect on how far we've come as a country - always keeping in mind that we still have so far to go.
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