By Joel Alicea
On the third Monday of every January we have a day off from school and for some people also a day off work to recognize an iconic man of history in Martin Luther King Jr. On this holiday we honor “the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership,” said Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, civil rights leader, and late wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We take this day to honor and give Dr. King recognition for being one of the major leaders who fought to end racial segregation and wanted to gain equality. According to The King Center, Coretta Scott King said, “The King holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.” This day was given to honor the great leadership of MLK and his braveness and smart tactics to end racial discrimination.
Martin Luther King Jr. was not only a great leader but also a great role model. This man not only was determined to put an end to people discriminating and treating other races unfairly, but the way he sought change was by being nonviolent and being passive. He was treated unfairly and he still had the courage to stay on his path to continue to achieve his goal. In my opinion this a man to look up to as I do and he is very deserving of having a day in his honor. While you’re enjoying your day off take a minute to learn about the work Dr. King did to give us the life we have now.