Today is Martin Luther King Day. It is also the second inaugural of President Barack Obama, America’s first African American President. We have indeed come a long way since Dr. King marched on Washington.
With the Civil Rights Movement that was passed in the 1960’s, there have been a lot of gains for minorities throughout the country. With the ending of segregation, the right to go to the school of your choosing, to eat at any restaurant, to shop at any store was hard fought but was won. These are rights that are taken for granted today. However, the work that Dr. King started is an ever and ongoing thing. We must never forget what was fought for, and why it was fought for, lest we fall victim to our past mistakes. We must all, together keep the message of equality and peace uppermost in our hearts and minds.
Yes, we have come a long way, but we still have a way to go to fulfill Dr. King’s dream. Let’s try to travel that road together.