On this MLK Birthday
We eagerly await the outgoing of one president and the entrance of a new one. There’s a little less than 25 hours until Bush’s reign is over.
But that is not what today is for, counting down the minutes until Bush is gone. Today is the national celebration of MLK’s 80th birthday (which was actually last week on Jan 15). For many it’s just another day off from work or school but many participate in the Day of Servicewhere people volunteer in their communities. Michelle Obama said her family will be out in their new city volunteering at different places.
I didn’t take the day off. I’m here at work so other people can come in and celebrate the day. But next year, for once, I think I might go to the MLK breakfast or try to get to the parade or at least one speech. Although I’m not going to lie, I would like to sleep in a little and I probably will. But I can get up and go volunteer for a couple hours somewhere.
On this last day of less than 25 hours of Bush all I can think about is the long road we have in front of us. Maybe reflecting might serve us all better.
We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence, or violent co-annihilation. We must move past indecision to action. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who posses power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.
Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves in the long and bitter but beautiful struggle for a new world. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
May our country, on the brink of war, take to heart the final refrain of America, the Beautiful: Martin Luther King 4 April 1967
God mend thine ev’ry flaw.
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.