seventeen: a letter for a legend

January 17, 2011

Today, we celebrate you Dr. King.

In your abbreviated time on this earth, you made such great strides for civil rights. Your Montgomery Bus Boycott and your March on Washington inspired a nation. And led to real change. I am pleased to report our great country is inching closer to the color-blind society you imagined; in 2008 we elected an African American President.

You were a great orator sir. Your “I Have a Dream” speech makes me want to serve my country and strive to be a better citizen. So many of your words are often repeated. I’ve decided on two favorite quotations:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

AND

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

These thought-provoking words remind me of your spirit, today and always. Thank you for your contribution.

All the best,

Lauren

 

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