A champion for racial justice, peace and equality for all
By Patte Smith
Martin Luther King Day commemorates an American leader and social activist who worked tirelessly throughout his life to unite all people, regardless of color or faith. He believed in educating people on the importance of truth, justice, peace and the dignity of all people.
King, a Baptist minister, led the non-violent civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. He was head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference that achieved historic social reforms and inspired non-violent movements around the world. The civil rights movement succeeded in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the south and other parts of the United States. King did not only champion African American’s rights, but all oppressed people around the globe.
As the 2012 MLK Day approaches, remember to honor and celebrate values of equality, tolerance, non-violence, cooperation and sharing among the myriad of cultures that make up the Unites States on this day of togetherness. This is a holiday that is referred to as “the peoples” holiday — a day to celebrate and be thankful for our freedom and unity.