So while all say that this is a day off; to me, it’s a day on. I spend each Martin Luther King Jr. day serving my community in one way or another. This year I am starting it at the breakfast with my mom. Thousands are here to watch as leaders from across the state spoke about what Dr. King’s legacy meant to them and how it has changed their lives. Messages have ranged from a dedication to making sure that voices from the inner city are heard to urging all of us to work for equality in our communities. I’m already feeling empowered to make a difference. Essay contest winners from the local schools have already shared their speeches as well and I was blown away by all of the wisdom these little ones had!
So as we continue with our day, I will leave you with my favorite MLK quote:
“We were here before the mighty words of the Declaration of Independence were etched across the pages of history. Our forebears labored without wages. They made cotton ‘king’. And yet out of a bottomless vitality, they continued to thrive and develop. If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. . . . Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.”
— “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
Its timely, as serving the community is what I feel I have been called to do. It is important that we as student doctors remember where we have come from and where it is that we wish to see the world go, and then work to make it happen. Back to the program! Talk to you soon…