Today our nation reflects on the courageous actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite one’s race, creed, or tongue, we can all agree that Dr. King was an influential man. We can all agree that he had a dream. We can all agree that we worked on the behalf of equality for all men.
I attended the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at Palm Beach State College. An enlightening message was given by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. I first have to applaud Palm Beach State for bring such an electrifying speaker to South Florida. He’s the voice for this generation! The room was filled with people of different ages and backgrounds.
Allow me to share a few points from Dr. Hill’s speech that we all should think about:
- America has first class jails and second class schools. We build jails just as much (or even faster) than we build schools. Is there a connection between the two? If we invest more in our schools, will we need as many jails?
- Young people go through the world being confined and contained. Do we limit the boundaries of our children? Are they free to express their uniqueness? Have we developed a way for children to think outside of the box? Do we believe it’s safe for children to walk a narrow path? Are we apprehensive about our children changing the world as they see fit?
- Too many people aren’t doing anything. Have we grown comfortable? Are we so content that we’re refusing to leave our comfort zone? What are we waiting for? Who’s our next leader? What agenda(s) should we be working on? What are you doing?
- Tell the truth even when it’s difficult. Don’t be alarmed if you’re the only one who’s willing to stand for the truth. It’s rare. Most people would prefer to sit back and agree with the majority. But, the truth will always become evident.
As you can see, I have more questions today than I do answers. I always enjoy learning from Dr. Hill. Thank about the points above. While you do that, take a moment to watch Dr. Hill’s full speech at Palm Beach State College: Click here to view
Share a lesson you think we should learn from Dr. King?