Honoring The Life And Legacy Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honoring The Life And Legacy Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CHARLOTTE, NC–Today, people all over the world commemorate the life and legacy of a man that stood for equality, justice, peace and hope. 

 Although the first celebrated federal holiday was in 1986, it took years for each state to recognize the day as well. Around 2000, all states started to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Community activist, author, and life coach,  Dr. Larry Jones is a Memphis native and remembers the day he was killed. He said it was the ultimate sacrifice for what he believed in. 

“I thought back to that Mountain Top Speech, that was given just the day before and it was so ominous that he felt he was going to die based upon the context of the way the speech was given.” says Jones. 

One of the most famous quotes by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is life’s most persistent and urgent question is… what are you doing for others? 

The past couple of years have been tough on many people due to the pandemic but community activist and organizer Colette Forrest says, today everyone is in a position to help!

Forrest says, “It’s a day of service and taking care of your brother and taking care of your fellow man. The one thing Dr. King did right at the end of his life, if you recall, is that he was fighting for sanitation workers. He was fighting for economic development for Black and Coloreds as we were categorized back then but he wanted to ensure that Black men and women were able to live in dignity.” 

Forrest believes that no matter your ethnicity, we are to shine our light so that others may have justice and equality, just as Dr. King would have wanted.

“I stand on the shoulders of the Fannie Lou Hammers, of the Coretta Scott Kings and of multiple women and men of color and Jewish descendants, Asian, Hispanics, Indian, Native American and Indigenous people because we came from someplace else so it’s really important to try to be a light because there is so much darkness and toxins in today’s society.” said Forrest. 

Dr. Jones says this isn’t just an off day where people get to stay home from school and work. He says, “Our obligation is to help those less fortunate than us.” 

Forrest says we shouldn’t get weary in our well-doing because there is still work to be done. She says, “When you are a light, you might be the only brightness that someone sees in that entire day and you know how you rely on encouragement and support so try to be that for someone else.” 

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