January 18th, 2021

Celebrating the Legacy of MLK: 2021

Today we honor and celebrate the legacy of a truly great American whose impact on society and the world continues to reverberate through time. Few people left a larger or more positive impact on the world than Martin Luther King Jr., but the inequities prevalent today show there’s still work to be done and progress to be made.  

When you consider the amazing feats he accomplished in life, it’s safe to say few people left a more meaningful impact on the world than MLK. A true champion of empowering those without a voice, MLK helped usher in an era of positive change under the banner of racial equality. This fight is far from over but MLK showed us the blueprint for a better society in which everyone is treated with love & respect. 

Rather than focus on our differences, MLK taught us to see the commonalties we all share in this journey we call life. The whole world can benefit from learning more about MLK’s outlook and mindset, so I’ve included below a selection of some of my favorite MLK quotes that I feel succinctly encapsulates his remarkable persona and wisdom…

  • “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.”
  • “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
  • “The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.”
  • “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and enables the man who wields it.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
  • “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

His words ring as true today as they did decades ago, because the core of his message resonates with everyone. MLK taught us that we have so much more in common than what sets us apart, and that love is a truly powerful bridge which spans cultures and connects us all.

In time when so many societal factors seem destined to pull us apart, let us find connection and community through positive change. I pray his spirit of kindness and equality inspires everyone to be a better person and to understand that the only race which matters is the human race. 

Keep Growing

-JR Ridinger

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