A special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our nation.
Something you may not know about Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
In the late 1950s, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, contacted Dr. King. They were having trouble desegregating schools in their area. Tribal leaders, hearing of Dr. King’s desegregation campaign in Birmingham, contacted him for assistance.
Dr. King, struggling with his own battles for social justice and equality, not only took the time to listen to what the group had to say, he actually helped them, quickly resolving their issues.
He would also write in his book, “Why We Can’t Wait”:
“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. ... We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its Indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade.”
And, when Dr. King marched on Washington in 1963, a sizable group of Native Americans joined him, inspiring Native American leaders with their own Native American rights movement.
Dr. King would say, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Writing about the meaning of Martin Luther King Day, Coretta Scott King wrote:
"On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.
It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples’ holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream."