feature photograph by: Brian Ward @brianadapt
On a day like this we remember a man who was an activist, a leader, an inspiration, and the man that was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. A man that saw what his legacy and his vision of what America could be before we could even see it ourselves to this very day. Without Martin Luther King Jr. I think to myself if I would have the audacity to be so bold, so free, to be sitting here writing the very piece analyzing his legacy of a dream.
When we think of the word ‘legacy’ we often think of what we leave behind on this earth after our time here is done. Who’s lives have we touched, how far you reached when they said you had already hit the ceiling, and who made us feel something to aspire to be greater and do better. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream like many of us have dreams. Whether or not that dream has been seen to fruition, you decide wherever you sit on your side of the table, but nevertheless keep dreaming.
The dreams of those who have come before us and paved the way for the black people to succeed have instilled in us the knowledge to be bright, bold, and fearless. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous ‘I Have A Dream Speech’, “The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people,…They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.”, we are all connected and all the same in a matter of being in this race of life and speaking truth through the way we choose to live our lives each and everyday.
The legacy that we all will one day leave on this earth is determined by how we choose to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy that he left behind for us. So on this day celebrate the life of the man who sacrificed himself as a vessel to see a brighter tomorrow of hope and a new day, and with that being stated I will leave you with this quote from the first black woman to run for President of the United States, “Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.”, Shirley Chisholm.
Thank you for reading.
Miles S. Hicks