NBC12 VIEWPOINT: MLK Day is a Day of Service

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: MLK Day is a Day of Service

By: Kym Grinnage email

On Monday, January 18, we will once again recognize Martin Luther King Day as a Federal Holiday and a National Day of Service.

MLK Day offers opportunities for citizens in the Greater Richmond area to participate in regional activities which exemplify and commemorate the life and times of Dr. King.

I believe that Dr. King would be very proud of the level of volunteerism and service that exists in Richmond. The Richmond community prides itself on giving back to others in need and that is a principle that was an important part of Dr. King's life and legacy.

I wonder what he would have to say about our current state of civil rights and the national political discourse in our country today. I believe that he would say there has been progress, but that we collectively have much work to do.

If you understood Dr. King and his principles, he would see the cup as half full and not half empty, but he would deliver the same message today that he delivered during his lifetime.

Change does not happen by accident, it happens because good people join with other good people and create change.

I will leave you with a quote from Dr. King:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy"

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