The following editorial appeared in the Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.) on Friday, January 18:
(MCT) — The nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, with many communities — including Danville — planning special events to remember the civil rights warrior.
Dr. King would have celebrated his 84th birthday on Tuesday had he not been killed by an assassin’s bullet almost 45 years ago.
The celebration of his birthday has become a day devoted to service, of giving to others.
Many believe that kind of commitment would mean more to his legacy than all of the special events rolled into one.
Many local organizations continue to search for volunteers to help them reach their goals. The groups are diverse — from Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for mentors to help children to CRIS Senior Services searching for volunteers to assist elderly residents and just about anything in between. The only thing they need are people willing to step up and lend a hand toward creating a better community.
Our nation often focuses on its economy, on the hard dollars and cents. Then Se. Robert Kennedy, in a speech during his 1968 presidential campaign, spoke about the importance of other factors.
“Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poerty or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit not our courage … it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”
Show off your pride, and honor Dr. King’s legacy, by volunteering your time to a local organization.