Reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. --RSS Feed

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator—Branch Offices
January 16, 2017 was not just a day that the banks were closed. It was not just another holiday. And shame on me if I ever think of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a day that I don’t have to go to work.
No, it is a day to remember how far our country has come and renew our commitment to working for equality and justice.
The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is well known. He fought against racism and discrimination, and to break down stereotypes. He showed the world that being separate is not equal. MLK was a civil rights leader whose efforts surely impacted the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Equal opportunities became important to citizens around the country and people realized that their voices could be heard.  Like the African Americans who sat in at segregated lunch counters and refused to move to the back of the bus, people with disabilities sat in federal buildings to protest injustice.
How different would our lives be in the 21st century had a man who was passionate about people’s rights had not spoken up?
So yesterday, the third Monday in January as declared by President Reagan, I remembered Martin Luther King, Jr. and my commitment to do my part to live his dream. 

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