“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed foreverMartin Luther King Jr.
Do have a peaceful celebration as we commemorate our hero Martin Luther King. Today reminds me of what Dante once said: “The greatest part of hell will be reserved for those who in the face of moral crises remain neutral.” Today we celebrate a man who unequivocally condemned racial discrimination and defended the rights of not just the Blacks in America but humanity at large. MLK is a man who never remained neutral to the plight of his people and therefore the greatest part of heaven must be his. He left us a blueprint in the sands of time. Posterity will forever remember him. The little experience I have had today in the west makes me ever thankful to this Hero of our faith. Today reminds us that life is meaningful even in death. Whoever is prepared to fight evil must be ready to risk his or her life. MLK risked it and paid the costly price. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.“–MLK
His death must not be in vain. Let us bear united testimony against injustice and racial discrimination in all its ramifications and vehemently defend in word and action, the equality of all humans. In His image God created us. So, there is neither Mexican nor Nigerian, Caucasian nor Afro-American and etc. If we cannot think or speak alike, we can all love alike. Love is the universal language that transcends all boundaries, cultures, and nationalities. Let’s allow love to lead the way.
Let everyone be judged by the content of his or her character and not by the color of his or her skin. May MLK continue to rest peacefully in the Lord.
Happy MLK day. Remain blessed.
© Clem C. Aladi, 2020