Editorial: King’s legacy is justice via action

Today, Jan. 21, National MLK Day,

honors a man who changed history and has made a difference in the lives

of millions of Americans

— the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In his short life span — just 39 years before he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet — King changed the hearts and minds

of many people about race prejudice, and and led the way to civil rights for all.

We are now living in a time where many

people believe the federal government can do everything for them. But

King’s life reminds

us that it is the individual, not bureaucrats and politicians, who

really provide the spark for changing our country for the

better.

In King’s lifetime, it was the

government, both federal and state, that were denying him and his people

equal rights in our

country. In the South, and other pockets of the country, blacks

could not attend white schools and universities, white-only

restaurants, hotels and even churches, and, in some instances,

vote. When enough people were convinced that the status quo

was wrong and had to be changed, the politicians and bureaucrats

followed and the changes in law were made.

By personal sacrifice and appealing to Almighty God, King and his supporters were able to bring about the justice that had

for so long had been denied to African-Americans in this nation.

Today, people who feel that injustice is still prevalent in this land, look to Dr. King as a shining example of accomplishing

seemingly impossible goals.

All people should remember that the legacy of Dr. King is doing what is right and just through the action of people who are

on the right side of history and on the right side of God.

That is why MLK Day inspires people

even to this very day with the realization that they don’t have to

accept what is unjust

in society. It can be changed for the better by individual

dedication to a just cause and a willingness to make the personal

sacrifices that it takes when faced off against obstacles that may

appear insurmountable.

The legacy of Dr. King and his family is alive and well in this country today and still inspires people to right the wrongs

our our time.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Ken Stickney,

Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.