The following is an editorial.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
The topics of race, gender, wealth, politics, personal preferences, etc;—the very fundamental choices that make us unique individuals—appear to have grown as issues of concern again not only across the United States, but around the world as well.
So we find ourselves today remembering a great man, and realizing that his words should be as important to us now as they were when originally expressed.
Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior (1929-1968) strived to find peaceful, nonviolent solutions to the social ills and troubles of his time.
Despite the odds against him, he helped lead the way to overcome those adversities.
His accomplishments in the field of civil rights cannot be denied.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Sadly, an assassin's bullet in 1968 kept Doctor King from seeing that goal reached.
Yet it appears that there are those within the world today who not only want to undo everything that has been achieved in the years since, but turn progress back even further than it once was.
We must live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.
There is only one world upon which we all exist, and it is upon this humble plane that we must strive to co-exist peacefully.
The time is always right to do what is right.
The dream is still worth dreaming.
The challenge to make that dream a reality is still worth undertaking.
Yet that beautiful dream may one day turn to dust if we do not peacefully stand up for what is right and challenge the bigotry and hatred in the world by exposing it to the bright light of truth and justice.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, even temporarily defeated, is always stronger than any evil triumphant.
Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior
The above was an editorial.