Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Guest Column from State Representative Tim Schaffer
January 14, 2016
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“I have a dream.”

These famous four words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were some of the most impactful for the Civil Rights Movement in our country. King declared that he dreamt of a day where “this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…that all men are created equal.” Our country today is certainly reflective of those dreams that Dr. King spoke of in 1963, and much of that is due to the bravery and determination demonstrated by the Reverend.

Every January we celebrate the man who made a lasting impact on civil rights in America. Dr. King was a visionary who spurred change with his words and peaceful protests, rather than violence and anger. He taught the nation the value of bravery, courage, justice, dignity, and compassion, calling on society to be proponents of peace and brotherhood throughout the world. More than just an adversary to racial injustice, Dr. King served as a symbol of unconditional love and forgiveness, a lesson that transcends skin color.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to not only honor Dr. King, but to also reflect on the values that he wanted to instill in Americans. Today, we honor that selfless character with a day devoted to service to our neighbors who are most in need. Throughout our county, countless individuals will celebrate MLK Day by volunteering time at their local veterans’ hospital, food pantry or homeless shelter. It is through these actions that we are truly celebrating the life of Dr. King, and the values he stood for.

While many look forward to embracing a long weekend, I challenge you to serve this MLK Day with the same vibrant spirit filled with compassion and love that Dr. King showed everyday. By dedicating this holiday to the service of others, we are keeping the vision and values of Martin Luther King, Jr. alive for generations to come. 

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