People sometimes ask why we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day? Or how should we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day? Why it still so important after all the “changes” that have been made to this country?
We celebrate to honor the legacy of a man who gave his life for the betterment of his country. We celebrate him because his words inspired a nation and his actions moved a culture. We celebrate him because he understood the dangers he faced better than people know, and yet: he persisted.
How should we celebrate MLK day? We celebrate by continuing to pursue the dream. When we march, we march as a symbol of the promise we make to continue the dream. When we volunteer, we show our commitment to action, in the hopes of creating a better community. When we fight for equity, we do so as a pledge to that promise in a dream.
Martin Luther King, Jr. day is important because “change” isn’t here yet. Black people die in alarming rates across all institutions in this country. In my field of healthcare, black women have the highest maternal mortality rate in the country. As a doctor, I promise to honor the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had and commit to eradicating that statistic all together.
On this day I make a promise of honor, action. and dedication to a dream, a dream that I also share.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!