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Martin Luther King Day is such a special day for so many reasons. First, and foremost, celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and all his achievements for civil rights, even though his life was cut way too short. It’s a day that symbolizes equality, humanity, kindness, tolerance, and so many other wonderful virtues our world needs more of. Equality is an incredibly powerful word, yet, an extremely complex topic. It affects people, all of us, in many different ways.
The inequality that MLK was so committed to changing into opportunity and equality is so important. It also seems to be aligned with homelessness, and the biases surrounding this vulnerable population. According to Google, “inequality is the most consistently identified cause of homelessness, and yet homelessness is the least discussed representation of inequality.” Crazy, right?
Martin Luther King Fought for Equality
MLK fought for racial equality and peacefully marched with supporters to make change happen. He did so much for the civil rights movement, even though we still have a long way to go.
Born in Atlanta Georgia on January 15, 1929, he became the voice and a leader in the civil rights movement. He was also key in advocating for the civil and economic rights of African-Americans, and tirelessly working for equality and opportunity, for all alike.
MLK also organized endless peaceful protests and traveled over 6,000,000 miles and spoke over 2500 times to deliver his message of acceptance, tolerance, and love & respect for one another. And, in his search for equality for ALL.
We know how powerful his “I have a dream” speech was and the great impact he made in the civil rights movement. But, did you know he is also the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize? And, that in 1964, he was featured on the cover of Time Magazine as “Man of the Year?”
MLK truly left an unbelievable legacy, but his main goal was to end racism by bringing about equality for all. Sadly, during his arduous fight for human-fairness, he was arrested 29 times and assaulted at least four times. Although he went through some hurdles and difficult times, his voice and positive message will continue to carry for generations to come and forever.
For Those that are Homeless on this Martin Luther King Day
Every vulnerable population needs a voice. They need advocates and people to fight for them and their rights. We are all EQUAL. Just living under different circumstances.
However, on this Martin Luther King Day and every day, please remember to give those experiencing homelessness the respect they deserve. We are all equal, and equally different. And, that’s a great thing. We simply need to remember that.
This is a great quote that is often featured in many articles and on many platforms and states that “too often being homeless is considered a personal and a moral failing when it’s actually a structural and political problem that makes visible the growing inequalities of our society.” Could these words ring any more true? As a society, why do we assign such a stigma to people going through the toughest times of their lives? We shouldn’t be judgmental, but rather concerned.
It should also not be annoying or frustrating us when someone in dire need approaches us and is asking for our help. We have no clue what they are going through and/or what they have been through. What the path was that led them to ask for coins on a street corner. We should be empathetic before we are quick to judge. We never know what life has in store for us or when someone dear to us might be the one holding a dirty coffee cup and asking for money because they can’t afford to eat.
Please make these people experiencing so much hardship matter to you. They matter. They have always mattered and always will matter. We all matter.
Martin Luther King Lives On Through his Legacy
Everything that MLK fought for has changed the course of our history. His words made, and continue to make, a great difference during times of great bias and hate. Humanity was, and is, struggling, and it seems morals and values have been lost and distorted. In a world of chaos, MLK made it very clear, that equality was available to each and every single one of us. And, that color, race, or ethnicity are irrelevant.
Even today, his words and powerful messages continue to bring light to fairness, equality, and freedom for all <3