Martin Luther King, Jr.

U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day here in the United States, a national holiday honoring its namesake. It is celebrated every third Monday of January since 1986 when it was first observed. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthdate is January 15, 1929; he would have turned 80 years old last Thursday.
He is a very important figure in U.S. history in that his legacy of civil rights reforms brought consciousness to the mainstream of American society. A Baptist minister himself, his espousal of non-violent actions through civil disobedience was the core of his aim to end racial segregation and racial discrimination in this country. As a result, racial minorities (where I myself belong to) are accorded the same human rights as whites, an example of which is the right to equal opportunity employment. Now people like me in this country no longer have to shun establishments that say “whites only” or “colored people are not allowed here” at their entrances.
The United States of America is built on the hard work and resources of its people, irregardless of racial color or origin. Unless you are an American Indian, everyone in this country has his/her roots from his/her immigrant forefathers. You may have been naturally-born here, which makes you truly an American; but so are millions of other people. Now this of course wouldn’t matter much– unless you’re not white. This is a country made up of diverse individuals united not because of the color of their skin but because they are human beings– capable of love, kindness, respect, tolerance, fairness, decency and unity.
Tomorrow is a milestone in American history like no other. Because tomorrow this country will inaugurate Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United State of America. Who would have thought that a black man would be sworn in as leader of the free world? Never! Until today.
So tomorrow, Tuesday (January 20, 2009 – date here in the U.S.), wherever you are in this world, if you have access to TVs or the internet, watch Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration as he is sworn into office at around noon (Eastern Time) in Washington D.C. Not until this time is the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr realized– “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.“. . . to “let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

God Bless the free world!!!


5 Responses

  1. Truly a courageous man who braved the odds against him. There won’t be an Obama to speak of today if it were not for MLK’s efforts and martyrdom.

  2. Btw, Pahabol lang. I also have my own tribute for MLK on my blog with the same great U2 music. It just goes to show that great minds think alike, Pards. 😀

  3. Hi, Pards! Thank you very much for visiting my blog!
    Martin Luther King, Jr indeed paved the way for the favorable treatment (as opposed to conditions before) vis-a-vis human rights that racial minorities and immigrants are receiving today. It’s just sad that it had to be paid with martyrdom.
    Thank you for the compliment, too, Pards!
    Take care!

  4. Nice article, thank you !

  5. Thanks, Jorge! Martin Luther King, Jr paid a dear price for a cause no less precious! Let us treasure it with honor, dignity and responsibility!
    Thanks for dropping by!

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