A Day of Reflection
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we do so having recently witnessed the turmoil and attack on our nation’s Capital, are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and have experienced increased racial tensions across the country during the last year. We enter 2021 with hope and a desire for healing, along with the desire that all citizens of this country recognize what binds us rather than what separates us.
Today, we should all take a few moments to quietly reflect on the work to which Dr. King devoted his life. While many of us can almost recite a few passages of his famous I Have a Dream speech, I turn to one of many insights he shared upon accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Early in the speech, Dr. King stated that, “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” That is as true today as it was in the 1960s – where societal unrest then and now calls each of us to recommit to live together in peace.
We wish you a peaceful Dr. Martin Luther King Day -- one that allows you to celebrate our country and our hope for a better tomorrow. Together, let us take this moment in time to embrace Dr. King’s mission and his words in the context of the world in which we live — and let us all continue our commitment to social justice and a better United States of America.
Albert Betts, Jr.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King Jr.