It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My dear friend, Matthew Lee Keith, enjoyed that he shared initials with a visionary. Typically, I’ve wondered why this is a holiday. I think it’s great to honor someone who had an unquestionable impact on America. But it’s strange to condense the achievement of one man (who was so quickly taken from the world) into a holiday.
Today, I see another reason to honor this day. To enhance what this day means, I’ll smile and think about how my MLK chuckled at the thought that his initials were splashed in so many places if only once or twice a year. I’ll think about the visionary celebrated and lauded for his dream. And I’ll think about the jovial young man who liked to preach, too, and had a huge grin on his face when you called him MLK. Another MLK tragically taken from this world—in our opinion, too many years too soon.
Happy MLK Day, everyone. Remember that some of the best souls, those who had an uncommon and clear vision, may not be with us all that long. But they leave us ideas and aspirations we can only hope we have the grace and devotion to carry out.