The year 2017 revisited an ongoing dialogue regarding many social issues, including racism, a topic brought to light during Martin Luther King Jr.’s quest for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights movement.
A national holiday was held Monday in honor of King’s birthday, Jan. 15. Sealy did not hold a parade or any major events, but schools, banks and the post office were closed in recognition of the civil rights leader.
King was assassinated in 1968 and the holiday was signed into law in 1983.
Many commemorated the day by posting on social media several memorable quotes from King. Some favorites include the following:
•“The ultimate tragedy is not the brutality of the bad people but the silence of the good people.”
•“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.”
•“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
King was a Baptist minister who was arrested numerous times for protests against racial segregation and economic injustice. He is largely recognized today as the leader of the nation’s movement toward racial equality.