“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. And, hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”. By MLK
On this very special day, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Holiday, it is once again the time for me to pause and remember one of my few true heroes whom I hold in the highest respect.
If you have been a long time follower of mine, you are familiar with my annual theme and sentiments about Dr. King. My admiration for his beliefs and principles have remained firm and over time grown even stronger.
While completely devoted to Dr. King’s life and the sacrifices he made, I find disappointment and hypocrisy in the annual display of honor and respect shown for Dr. King by many. The noted hypocrisy is seen in the missing focus on the theme “content of character”. Mostly this theme is lacking each day…364 days each year until we pause to honor Dr. King for one day.
“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction”. MLK
The key theme of his “I Have a Dream” message was the powerful and futuristic concept of “content of character”. Dr. King referenced his own children in this speech perhaps to give the highest level of importance, clarity, and personal commitment to this concept “content of character”. The “Dream” was Dr. King’s desire that even his own children and others would one day be judged based on their character, their heart, and their soul…and not judged purely on their color”.
And, when Dr. King spoke and every time he spoke, I believe he spoke to us all guilty of failing to see our character was what really mattered in the world…not our race.
For Dr. King, “Do unto others…” perhaps meant do unto all others with fairness, respect, justice, and equality…and not just do unto some others.
I have tried to be faithful to the dreamer…and to his dream. Not always having been successful, still I have come to know, love and respect many people from many walks of life during my life’s journey. I have tried to judge each one on their “content of character”. Many are known today as “Friends of Copey”. Thank you for helping keep both the dream and dreamer relevant and alive.
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This really resonated with me. Thank you!
You’ll be happy to hear we had about 100 people in the Abingdon March in honor of Martin Luther King, as we were led on Main Street by Dennis Hill and his powerful singing voice. And we repeated the line from Dr. King that opens your blog post about how Only love can drive out hate. God bless you, Scrapper.