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MLK’s legacy transcends race, color

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may have been a black man, but he was truly a champion for all of humanity.

Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the celebration of the national holiday in Dr. King’s memory.

This is a day that doesn’t get near the attention it deserves even though it honors the legacy of a man who had significant impact on our culture, our society and on our world.

And although Dr. King is no longer with us, his dream lives on. It is just as important today as it was all those years ago when he stood before thousands on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

You see, Dr. King didn’t just champion equality of race. He fought tirelessly for equality for all people, which in today’s terms means he fought for African-Americans, women, homosexuals and any other label which society uses to describe a group of individuals.

Far too often Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is viewed as a black holiday or simply another day off from work for government employees.

It is far more important than that.

We should all respect Dr. King’s efforts because they helped make our world a better place. His work isn’t done and we may never achieve the true equality that he envisioned.

But, the most important thing is that we never stop trying to make the dream become a reality.