By: Rodney Franklin
This month we celebrate Dr. Martin L. King Jr. day and remember his mission and ministry. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Ga. He grew up the son of a Baptist preacher and under segregation which was a policy that required Blacks to use separate facilities than Whites and to attend different schools. Later on he believed that this policy was not right and was adamant about speaking out on this unjust policy against Black people. He organized protests and marches to raise awareness to affect change.
Many have called Dr. King a prophet and the work of a prophet does not have a shelf life! If Dr. King were with us today he would continue advocating for a healthy wage for workers, remind countries that war is never the answer to world problems, he would tell government leaders that to eliminate poverty we have to invest in people and their communities and he would ask the question about the gun violence that has taken a huge toll on our communities today.
As we remember Dr. King this month, he reminds us in one of his quotes, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right…..” Let us learn and live by doing and sharing what is right, let us help transform our communities by doing what is right, let us seek to make a difference in the lives of the least of these by doing what is right. May God bless and keep us as we live the dream of Dr. King!