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MLK’s birth­day

“In the end, we will re­mem­ber not the words of our en­e­mies, but the si­lence of our friends.’”

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had he lived, would have been 85 years old this year.

Like the re­cently de­ceased South African leader Nel­son Man­dela, King sup­ported love, peace and change, not vi­o­lence. He was a man of our times who chose to turn the other cheek.

King, like most lead­ers who have ap­peared at those times when peo­ples of the world needed a per­son who could make sense of in­jus­tice, was not a per­fect man. He was a hu­man be­ing. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports af­ter his death, he was a man who ac­tu­ally had warts. He did not walk on wa­ter.

But he had a driv­ing pas­sion to cor­rect a wrong, and he was given by God a spe­cial tal­ent to con­vey that pas­sion in a way that would not tear down the fab­ric of our so­ci­ety, but would re­store it.

As with many lead­ers who, since the be­gin­ning of time have ap­peared on this Earth at just the right time, he was gone be­fore the dream he painted so vividly came to life.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on what would have been his 85th birth­day is not that he was a per­fect man, but that he over­came his im­per­fec­tions to lead a mighty na­tion to the re­al­ity that all men are truly cre­ated equal re­gard­less of color or creed.

We could use another Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. right now, a leader who could over­come his im­per­fec­tions and through his words and ac­tions help to bind up the deep wounds that af­fect our na­tion.

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