Yesterday, we celebrated another Martin Luther King Jr. Day in rememberance of a young black activist; preacher; and a paragon of a non-violent civil rights’ leader, in all that he has done for people of color. To some, MLK Day is just another day off of work and school, to others it is a time to remember a man who fought for equality for all races in the United States, but to others it may just be another holiday on their yearly calendar. So what does MLK Day mean to you?
To me, MLK Day is another holiday to avoid going to work. MLK Day is a day to remember a great man who fought a non-violent fight in the late 1950s- and 1960s for racial equality in the United States. MLK Day is an annual reminder that as a citizen of a socially developing country, a person of color, and a human being; I’m appreciative of all the opportunities that fifty plus years ago weren’t an option for people like me. I am blessed to be able to do all the things I want, even though as a country, the United States has a long way to go with racial injustice for minorities.
Every year MLK Day slowly starts to feel like just another holiday sometimes because I’m able to walk into integrated buildings, integrated businesses, and integrated institutions without being harassed or killed. I was able to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from a HBCU without being physically lynched or thrown in jail. I’m able to pursue writing and screenwriting as a career path without being ostracized by domestic terrorists because I’m a woman of color. I am blessed for all the things Martin Luther King Jr. and many other colored civil rights leaders have done for all races in the past, so that millennials like myself can indulge in integrated activities today.
At the same time, I’m not blinded by the racial injustice that still penetrates the world’s superpower nation everyday. The Charleston Shootings, the Baltimore Riots, the Ferguson Riots, and the endless shootings of unarmed people of color and low financial-social status occurs frequently in the U.S. These events are our fight now to overcome. It’s more than race, more than finances, and more than what has happened in the past. We must take what Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders have done in the past, take what we see happening in the present, and grow as a nation to become better in the future. Thanks Martin Luther King Jr. for all that you have done for us. Your day will always be a reminder that we’re still growing as a nation.