I was just a child when Martin Luther King was assassinated. But I remember the loss, just as it was the same loss I felt when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Even though I was a child it was something that stayed with me into my adulthood. The loss of a true great leader is one that effects our nation, our communities and our souls.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ” ~ MLK
He gave us great wisdom. Sadly we are at the point, in our nation today, that our politicians fail to grasp his wisdom. When most now enter ‘public service‘ they do it to enrich their lives, rather than to enrich their communities. I often wonder where our nation would be today if both of these men would have lived to fulfill their dreams.
“Today our nation pauses to honor a legend, an icon, and an American hero. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lifted up the conscience of our nation — a towering leader in his day, and a lasting inspiration for all generations to follow.
Our Declaration declares that ‘all men are created equal,’ and Dr. King challenged our nation to live out that sacred truth: to banish the evils of bigotry, segregation and oppression from the institutions of society and the hearts of men.
His legacy of freedom is the true memorial to his life: no testimonial can pay better tribute than the faces of young children living out their dreams.
But his work is not done: all around us today we see communities and schools falling behind and not sharing in the prosperity of American life. Each of us has a solemn obligation to ensure that no American is left behind — and that all Americans are fully included in the American Dream. When young Americans of color are left on the sidelines, our nation is denied a lifetime of contributions to this society — and when any of our American brothers and sisters is forced to live in fear, or poverty, or violence, it is setback for the entire nation.
We rise and fall together, and today we pledge to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps so that all Americans may know the full blessings of this God-blessed land.” ~Donald J. Trump