How To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy



Aaliyah Coe, Contributer

Born January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. lived his life as a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. He fought to raise awareness for full racial equality through non-violent protest and his efforts paved the way for racial, economic, and reproductive equality. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence is continuous today by many to end oppression. 

In 1983, Martin Luther King Day was observed as a national holiday by President Ronald Reagan. Every third Monday of the year is observed to celebrate his memory. While taking off work and school is great, Martin Luther King, Jr’s dedication to fighting for equality and the sacrifices he made should never be forgotten.

To understand the commitment Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated to racial, economic, and reproductive equality, we all must pose the question, “What can I do to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day?” There are many ways to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in the area.

The University of Alabama Huntsville is holding a commemoration in which special guest, Mr. Bob Zellner, an influential leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is the son and grandson of Ku Klux Klan members, but risked his life to fight for The Second Emancipation. You can hear his story Thursday, January 16 in the Student Service Building from 3 to 5 p.m., and learn how he fought for racial justice.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade will be held Saturday, January 18 from 12 to 2. The theme for this year’s parade is Keeping the Dream Alive, you can enjoy the reflection of this dream by witnessing the parade festivities. The parade will include floats, decorated cars, marching bands, and dance performers.

If the aspect of parades or conferences is not appealing, enjoy a show at the theaters. In theaters now: Just Mercy follows a young civil rights lawyer’s fight for justice. Based on a true story, this thought-provoking film encourages you to reflect on our history’s struggle to end racial inequality.

Martin Luther King, Jr. committed to equality and was remarkable in leaving a legacy. Whatever the choice is for Monday, please consider doing it in honor of his dreams.