The Lincoln County NAACP counts it a privilege and honor to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and holiday. His legacy as an American pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement is always applauded by many, as well as our organization. His speeches and quotes are relevant today, tomorrow and years to come.
As we have difficulties and challenges, we remember King’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” We can hope for the best — encouraging Lincoln County to unite and take away racism and hate. As we move forward, “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him,” King said. We celebrate his vision by living in our communities where men, women, and children can be treated equally. We are able to walk down Main Street without worrying about what color or ethnicity the person is who passes by. As King said, “we must learn to live together as brother or perish together as fools.”
Yes, King, your vision is still living today. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, let’s remember this influential civil rights leader’s life and achievements. You need a dream to have a vision to achieve the impossible! Happy Birthday Martin!
Debra Williams is president of the Lincoln County unit of the NAACP.