Every January 15th many people worldwide celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. The candles on his birthday cake remain lit. Those candles endure because they are symbolic of the Civil Rights Movement that he led. Without resorting to violence, he showed courage opening the doors for others that were closed before. Pacifist by nature, Dr. King followed the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He was a true Christian man who believed in Jesus. Throughout the United States, he led many peaceful protests that individuals, from all walks of life, participated in.
As a scholar, pastor and leader, he always knew that acts of violence were cowardly. With a temperament as strong as steel, he held on to his principles. Even when he was beaten, he resisted aggression. Nothing ever deterred him from finding justice for all. He even went to jail several times and kept those candles shining in his quest to end segregation.
On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, each of us has our own special way to remember this exceptional leader. No matter our skin color, he inspires us all. One of his many powerful messages was to motivate us to pursue our dreams with a plucky determination. In his famous speech titled, “I Have A Dream,” he told us to follow our dreams. He also advised us, not only just to dream, to dream big
Born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia, Dr. King turned his dreams into reality in Alabama. At the age of 25, he was a young and charismatic reverend at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. This historic church, where Dr. King ignited the flame that began the Civil Rights Movement, still stands today. Not only did he preach the word of Jesus, he awakened others to make sacrifices in order to fight for equality. Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is a great place to remember Dr. King, for he emerged as a true leader from this house of worship.
Another place to honor Dr. King is the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Containing running water, the oval surface of this memorial includes the time frame of important events that occurred in the Civil Rights Movement. The rectangular portion of this monument has a powerful quote from Dr. King: Until Justice Rolls Down And Righteousness Like A Mighty Stream. This quotation has many different interpretations, but one of the meanings is to continue to fight for equity.
Since he had a heart filled with love, the Civil Rights Memorial is the perfect way to keep Dr. King’s memory alive. He had a strong character like the element of water. Through his peaceful philosophy, he eradicated hate like water extinguishes a fire.
Even though Dr. King was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, his beliefs are immortal. Whenever people think about fighting injustices in society such as racism, ageism, sexism and nepotism, among many others, the first person that they remember is Dr. King. He still inspires the world to find equality for all. As for the candles on his birthday cake, they will always glow.