Today is the day declared to honor the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. I however, am thankful each day for Martin Luther King Jr. and others like him, who paved the rocky roads to integration and aided in the decrease of racism. Of course I am not naive enough to think that racism is gone, but there have been so many great people like Dr. King led and lead their lives for the cause of peace and it has not been in vain.
Why is integration such a big deal to me? If by some chance our society was still segregated by races, I would not be allowed to marry my husband, who is African American. I would not have two, beautiful, biracial daughters, and my life would not be the same.
So, I am thankful, and I celebrate. My family would not be together without the help of Martin Luther King Jr. And so instead of going shopping or rushing through another day off, we will celebrate our rights and the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Are you celebrating this year? Perhaps you could take a moment today to realize what has truly been done for this society. Whether or not you think racism directly effects you, think of your friends, family, coworkers who have been and are impacted. And remember those who’ve endured hardship to fight for their rights as Americans.