On Friday I attended the MLK Jr. Day assembly at my son’s school. They re-enacted the Greensboro/Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in, sang “We Shall Overcome” and “If I Had a Hammer” and recited parts of King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Through it all, I was struck by the contemporary relevance of the messages contained in each and saddened by the fact that yet another generation is left with the problems of yesteryear–problems that seem to be just as pervasive today. As King wrote in his famous letter: “Justice too long delayed is justice denied”.
As our country heads in new directions–directions that deeply concern many of us–there is no better time to revisit the messages of King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. I urge you to take the time to read (or re-read) it on this day set aside to celebrate one of the United States’ great leaders/thinkers/ champions of justice and to let it inform your thoughts and actions in the coming days, months and years.