On the 3rd Monday of January every year since 1983, this nation pauses to remember the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. While he was not a perfect man, he was able to lead a movement that compelled people to recognize and honor the founding principles. In his I have a dream speech, Dr. King cited this line from the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
Dr. King and many others who were a part of the Civil Rights Movement made sacrifices in order to achieve equal treatment for everyone under the law of the United States. Dr. King believed that EVERYBODY COUNTS.
Dr. King’s dream can live on in your community if you treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect. That is what Dr. King was asking for and that is what everyone deserves. All you have to do is start in your school. I guarantee you that if everyone felt loved and respected by their classmates and teachers, your school experience would be even greater. Don’t be discouraged by any negativity you may hear about going on in the world. YOU CAN still create change by doing your part. Think of how quickly a positive message of love and respect could spread beyond your community. Live your life and make every decision based on the fact that EVERYBODY COUNTS and the world will be a much better place.
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)
It Can Be Done