Martin Luther King Day is a holiday that is taken for granted in this country. Firstly, it is taken for granted because a large portion of the population does not acknowledge it. By not acknowledging, I mean that they are not given the opportunity to sit back and even accept that it is a day different from any other. A large portion of the population still have to report to work/or school, and are therefore not put into a position to even acknowledge the importance of this day. Granted Martin Luther King Junior was not a perfect man, he had his flaws; but that is besides the point. The point of this holiday is to celebrate the life changing impact that he has had on our lives. If you feel you can’t relate, let me put that into perspective for you. If you’ve ever had the privilege or burden of going to school with a person of a different race, MLK has had an impact on your life. If you’ve had the privilege or burden of working with a person of a different race, MLK has had an impact on your life. If you’ve ever played on a sports team with someone of a different race, MLK has had an impact on your life. If you’ve ever dated someone of a different race, MLK has had an impact on your life. If you’ve ever had a friend of a different race, MLK has had an impact on your life. If you’ve ever met someone of a different race, MLK has had an impact on your life.
I could go on and on about this subject; but efficiency in my delivery is my intended goal here. I am not here to say that Martin Luther King Junior is single handedly responsible for desegregation; I am simply here to make a case for the importance of this day meant to honor him, due to his astronomical efforts. I will not sit here and make a comprehensive list of all that he did, as that may bore you; but I strongly advice you to do some research if you don’t already know. What I WILL do is emphasize that Martin Luther King junior has indirectly impacted the lives of every human being residing in the United States (whether this impact is considered positive or negative, privileged or burdened, wanted or despised). Considering the United States prides itself on being one of the most diverse countries in the world, a man who made large contributions to this effort is essentially favored by the majority of the population. With that being said, all residents of the United States should be given an opportunity to have this day to celebrate and acknowledge the work of this man. The government has set the tone by making this a federally acknowledged holiday; private entities must follow in that regard. For those who get to spend this day outside of work/school, let us take a moment to reflect on how our lives would be different without the efforts of MLK. I don’t know about you all, but mine would certainly be a lot different, and I cannot take that for granted. Thank you Martin Luther King Junior.