January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr.
His Life and Legacy

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and it is also Martin Luther King Day in the United States. Hope all of our friends have had a beary safe and great holiday weekend. It has been a very busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Today I will talk about Martin Luther King's legacy. The National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington contain some of the nationís most cherished symbols: monuments to commemorate our greatest presidents; shrines to honor the courage and sacrifice of veterans; and memorials to celebrate Americaís commitment to freedom.

The newest of them, the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, majestically captures the civil rights hero's fight for justice everywhere. Today's blog pic with Dab the AIDS Bear was taken at King's memorial.

In word and deed, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. moved the nation toward a future anchored in dignity and nonviolence. He challenged every American to leave behind racism and intolerance and embrace a new future of hope and reconciliation. Carved today in the memorial's granite, his words still shape lives around the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the man who still personifies the civil rights movement.

King may be most identified with his "I Have a Dream" speech, which he delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, not far from where the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial now stands. In that electrifying address, King traced the struggle for racial equality from the time of slavery through segregation and painted his vision for a better nation.

Much of the progress made toward fulfilling King's vision has been accomplished through the actions of ordinary citizens who over the years have taken to heart King's call to action: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' "

In 1995, Americans began celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national day of service.

The following is a video of his historic speech:

Hope you enjoyed the wonderful words of Martin Luther King, Jr as much as I did.

Wishing all of you a beary safe and great start to your week!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab