MLK Day — Serving the Dream

By Diane Holloway

MLK Day_Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to improving the world, especially by championing the cause of equal rights. Monday we celebrate his life and legacy with marches, festivals and service opportunities.

As we celebrate MLK Day, Trinity Center is thankful for the daily service of so many volunteers, and we hope everyone — our neighbors, volunteers, staff and board of directors — will be inspired by the words and teachings of Dr. King. Most of us are familiar with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and it never loses its power.

But we wanted to share a few other writings that touch our hearts and call us to service.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

mlk“Everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

Okay, we can’t resist closing with just a flicker of “The Dream” …

“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”