A few months back I visited Denver, Colorado for a wedding Andrew and I were filming. While we were there, we decided to explore the city, and we came across the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument. I spent around an hour looking at the sculptures, reading the history on the tablets, and just straight up crying like a fool. It’s overwhelming to imagine what happened to African Americans as slaves here on our soil until 1865, only 152 years ago. It’s hard to fathom that until the Civil Rights movement in the early 1960s (less than 60 years ago) black men and women were not considered equal human beings according to our law. I was reminded again of the atrocities that were committed not so very long ago.
Although we have far to go, I was also reminded of how far we have come. I read name after name of heroes and heroines who gave their lives to fight for this cause. These men and women did not give into fear and obey the norm; they spoke their hearts and their dreams for a better world. They put their lives on the line for what they believed in, a world where no matter the color of your skin, you are valuable.
Today is a day which our nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you, Dr. for standing up for what is right, for dreaming big, and for creating a better world.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the legend himself:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
“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.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”