On Martin Luther King Jr. Day
By Haruko DeArth
MLK day is always a special day for the American people. But I don't know if there is any other time in recent history that Dr. King's legacy and teachings weigh heavier on our hearts than this moment.
We have witnessed the spectacle of an unprecedented election process unfold, followed by on-going political upheaval in our nation’s capital. The relevance and importance of the fight for racial equality is stronger than ever, especially as the BLM movement spotlighted the institutional racism, AND, as we lost the lives of two iconic figures in American civil rights history, John Lewis, and Rev. C.T. Vivian who fought against racial discrimination in stride with Martin Luther King Jr.
Amongst the many inspiring speeches and quotes from MLK, the most striking one to me is "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
But how long must people suffer under the condition of “temporarily defeat”? Why are we still struggling and where are we going from here? Why is taking the side of the weak against the strong so difficult?
Let’s not make MLK day just another hopeful and wishful day for justice, but let ourselves be open to revisit what he said over 50 years ago and take it truly as an inspiration for what we are going to do and who we are becoming as a nation, because as he said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”
Continue to read MLK Jr. Day (No.2) What I want to fight and live for and why?