How will you fulfill Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of equality for all?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

A message from the Alliance of Black Professionals Employee Resource Group

The celebration of Dr. King’s birthday this year is an opportunity for all who believe that real world peace is possible to reflect on how to make it a reality.

While imprisoned for protesting for civil rights in Birmingham, AL in 1963, Dr. King stated in a letter: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects us all indirectly.”

We are long overdue for the world to understand and appreciate diversity in the human race. Where diversity of race, religion and thought is embraced, a spirit of sister and brotherhood can be experienced, which can serve to enrich our lives in a very special way.

Dr. King was a man of peace who encouraged non-violent activism. He congregated thousands of all races and nationalities who believed in his dream of world peace, and they worked together toward making it a reality.

In the past six months our country (and beyond) has been rocked by the violent, premature deaths of four men. On one hand, we’ve united in our mourning of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos, and Wenjian Liu. On the other, we’re responding ambivalently to the cry for justice.

We’re marching, laying down, bearing signs, and blocking roadways. We hope these actions are igniting a spirit of equality, but it’s hard to say how much we’re achieving in the throes of protest.

Today, will you commit to serve society by working toward a world where individuals are not judged by the color of their skin but by their character? Will you commit to building a world where peace, justice, love and true sister and brotherhood can be felt across the globe?

Change begins with one person and the world is waiting for you. We can all play a role in fulfilling Dr. King’s legacy. Simple actions like performing random acts of kindness for strangers, or joining a local civic or community based organization are the seeds that will sprout world peace.

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