We should all strive to fulfill the vision of Dr. King and help one another

Published 6:53 pm Saturday, January 19, 2019

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For many, the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 is as far from reality today as it was 55 years ago.

During a march on Washington, D.C., King called for the end of racism in the United States, as well as civil and economic rights — issues we still seem to be battling today.

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There’s no doubt that progress has been made since 1963, but our nation still has a long way to go in finding equality for all individuals. Women and minorities continue to battle for the same rights and opportunities afforded others in our country.

One area we seem to be making progress is fulfilling the question of what are we doing for others in our community.

Over the years, MLK Day has evolved into a day of service with many individuals, groups and organizations working in their communities to make a difference.

That is certainly true in our community where AmeriCorps volunteers regularly help with community projects. Other organizations and civic groups will also spend the day helping others.

Locally, our community will come together on Monday and honor the legacy of Dr. King with a morning breakfast and an evening program. The Omicron Rho Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is hosting its annual scholarship breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the Dr. King Memorial Day Committee will host its annual program at 6 p.m. at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

We will continue to make progress as long as we honor and remember Dr. King and his dream of equality for all individuals. And perhaps a near future generation will live the reality of equality for all.