Martin & Rosa
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For many, this day means no work or no school and the meaning behind the holiday is lost. Alas, people still need insurance so here I sit penning away a blog post at Founders Insurance Group!
A comment was made to me yesterday about this holiday celebration: “Why Dr. King, why not Rosa Parks?” I’ve really been thinking about that question – ergo the blog post.
For me, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not just a celebration of Dr. King’s legacy but really about our country’s civil rights movement. Where we came from, what we’ve accomplished and where we still need to grow as a country. What many people now take for granted on a daily basis was simply a dream 50-60 years ago: Integration in schools, equality on the job….being able to sit at the same lunch counter with someone of a different ethnic background. Today’s generation would find these things hard to fathom – but in my parents’ generation this was simply “how it was”. Let’s face it; there are parts of our country today where people say “That’s just how it is”.
People like Dr. King and Rosa Parks are proof that one person can make a difference in the world. That one person can affect change. Nothing happens without action, or repeating past behaviors will change nothing. To quote Albert Einstein: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
So today, let us celebrate difference and equality. Try something new, open your mind to another culture, help a neighbor, do a nice deed or take a stand on something you believe in.
Embrace our melting pot we call America.