Honoring Martin Luther King Jr’s Life and Legacy

From the pulpit to the podium to the streets, Dr. King devoted his life to the quest for this Beloved Community in our Nation.  

His activism and moral authority helped usher in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 Today, we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by continuing his unfinished work to redeem the soul of America.

President Joe Biden

a Presidential proclamation

As President of the United States, Joe Biden issued an official proclamation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday and encouraged all Americans to observe the day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King. Here are excerpts from the 2023 proclamation.

The photos are from my visit to Washington DC in 2022. It was my first time to see the memorial to Dr. King and it is even more impressive than I had imagined from photos.

“darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR A STONE OF HOPE”

a Beloved Community

 “Dr. King imagined a different future for America — an America he called the “Beloved Community.”  Building the Beloved Community required a key shift in human understanding. 

It meant looking beyond external differences to see the union of all humankind. 

It also meant finding a way to deal with our grievances without animosity, in a way that recognized the interconnectedness of all humanity and allowed us to move forward together.”

Remembering King’s life

  “From the pulpit to the podium to the streets, Dr. King devoted his life to the quest for this Beloved Community in our Nation.  

His activism and moral authority helped usher in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

He gave a voice to the restless spirit of millions yearning for change.  He gave us a roadmap to unify, to heal, and to sustain the blessings of the Nation to all of its people.

 Dr. King called for greater fairness in our health care system, and my Administration is pushing to put quality, affordable health care within reach of all people — especially the most vulnerable and marginalized Americans.  By lowering costs and improving access, we can make health care a right and not just a privilege.

 Dr. King preached that “darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”  In his memory, we strive to challenge violence and bigotry with grace and goodness.”

Fulfilling King’s Legacy

 “On this day of commemoration, service, and action, let us hold up a mirror to America and ask ourselves:  What kind of country do we want to be? 

Will we honor Dr. King’s legacy by rising together — buttressed by each other’s successes, enriched by each other’s differences, and made whole by each other’s compassion?  I believe we can.

 It will require constant care for our democracy, stubborn faith in this great experiment, and a commitment to stamping out discrimination in all forms.

 It will demand honest reflection about how far we have come and how far we have yet to go to be the best version of ourselves. 

But like Dr. King, I know that there is nothing beyond this Nation’s capacity and that we will fulfill the promise of America for all Americans — perfecting the Union we love and must protect.”

books by and about Dr. King

The following book suggestions lead to affiliate links which may pay a commission to this blog at no extra cost to you.

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, Special 75th Anniversary Edition (Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929) I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, Special 75th Anniversary Edition (Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929)

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Reverend Dr. King led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His famous “I have a dream” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is remembered, read, and recited by people all over the country

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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