On Monday, January 19th, we will celebrate the 29th year of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) day as a federal holiday. This day is as special to many African Americans as the 4th of July is to Americans in general. For it was when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was successful with his fight for civil rights, that American persons of African ancestry finally began to actually feel freedom. It is a day that is a day of movement and purpose for most persons of this race. There are still marches, parades, speeches, banquets, and numerous other celebrations!
It is a day when Americans truly remember what Martin Luther King, Jr. did for this nation. It was his choice to fight with a nonviolent approach that caused the movement to be successful. He was criticized by many for this choice, but he persevered. Today, we should be proud that he did. Dr. King set an example not only for the United States, but for the world. It was because of this, that the world's leading officials saw fit to present him with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Hopefully, people will remember Martin Luther King, Jr., not only on the 3rd Monday, but often. As often as we ride public transit, shop, work and speak to our fellowman, we should remember Dr. King. For Dr. King has walked, where we now stand.