The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 19, 2014

Work is not yet done in fulfilling the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Today, we mark the anniversary of the birth of civil rights giant Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As important as King’s message was in his day, it still resonates today: “equality; judging people by the “content of their character” and not “by the color of their skin.”

We’ve made tremendous strides in this country in fulfilling King’s dream, but the work is not done. We are, as a country, still a work in progress.

Too often, we still hear the phrase “the first black person to ...”  It will be a good day when that phrase no longer is spoken, when people won’t focus on skin color, but rather on what a person has accomplished.

Another important thing to remember about Martin Luther King Jr. is he preached non-violence.

He preached civil disobedience against unjust laws, but he was against change through violence.

Unfortunately, the struggle for civil rights was a long, hard — and oftentimes deadly — fight against injustice. Too many people turned to violence to stop those people protesting against the wrong of racism.

Even today, in 2014, people have to fight against racism.

We can’t dishonor King’s legacy, we can’t dishonor those people who lost their lives in the struggle.

We can’t give up the quest to fulfill King’s dream. Too much is riding on it.