Keep going today. Keep moving amid every obstacle. Keep moving amid every mountain of opposition. If you will do that with dignity, when the history books are written in the future, the historians will have to look back and say, “There lived a great people. A people with ‘fleecy locks and black complexion,’ but a people who injected new meaning into the veins of civilization; a people which stood up with dignity and honor and saved Western civilization in her darkest hour; a people that gave new integrity and a new dimension of love to our civilization.”
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we recall the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I ask us all to consider what we are committed to doing in order to “keep going today.”
Whatever obstacles we are facing in our lives, in our businesses, in our families, how can we continue to move with dignity “amid every mountain of opposition?” And how can we, as citizens of this great nation, advance the causes of equality and inclusion for every one of our sisters and brothers?
While I hope there will always be extraordinary human beings like Dr. King, showing us the power of one person’s voice to create and advance a movement, we must realize that if it’s going to be, it’s up to me. If it’s going to be, it’s up to me, and it’s up to you. The Great Work of the Universe will never be complete, and it’s up to all of us to do our part to advance that work wherever we find it.
Thank you, Dr. King. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.