There is a powerful feeling today – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – as an American. Honestly, there is nothing I can say that will mark this day any better than his own words in my hometown on August 28, 1963. Text version here.
Today, let’s take a moment to be appreciative for our freedom – and whatever that means to you personally.
Growing up in the States, each holiday means something. Whether it is being discovered as a New World, having the flag still fly after an attack on Fort McHenry, or remembering the military who represent America, there is something special. Then there is today — I feel a swell of pride and hope on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King Came Preaching: The Pulpit Power of Dr. Martin Luther King JR., by Mervyn A. Warren & Gardner C. Taylor, InterVarsity Press, 2008, ISBN 083083253X, pg 174