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Reaching Dr. King’s vision

Yesterday we honored the work and legacy of a man who wanted America to reach its potential.

While we have not reached Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision, the country has made some progress but still has a long way to go.

It will take a great deal of work to eventually reach the reality Dr. King desired, however, but by continuing to learn as a community and country; we all can certainly expand our understanding of the message.

The legacy King left is far more than a day off from school or work, but rather to honor and remember a man who battled diligently for equality and civil rights. Unfortunately, the debt of gratitude is something that can never be repaid.

While the holiday itself has passed, the need for a reminder of King’s legacy should be on the conscience throughout the year.

King’s words and actions can provide direction on many of the issues facing America today.

One of the many poignant messages from Dr. King that our leaders should heed says, “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.”

Our ability as a country to continue to learn and grow as a society is what will ultimately allow us to reach King’s dream.