As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‘s birthday this year, it’s more important than ever that we pause and reflect on the efforts of Dr. King to advance civil rights, voting rights, and nonviolence. With the recent attack on the Capitol, Dr. King’s messages about social, political, and economic justice for all, are more significant and relevant today than ever before. Racism, bias, inequalities and violence against the Black community are ever present.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day not only honors Dr. King’s life but encourages us to continue his work. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. COVID-19 may halt us from volunteering in person, but we can volunteer from home or spend the day learning about Dr. King’s work and listening to his teachings.
His work is far from over and we must all carry the torch to find justice and unity in our country. In Dr. King’s 1963 book Strength to Love, he wrote the following passage in a sermon that rings true still today: “’Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
KIPP Texas Public School students have been learning about Dr. King’s work and expressing what they’ve learned through art and performance. Go to the KIPP Texas Facebook, KIPP Texas Instagram, and KIPP Texas Twitter pages to see how our incredible students and staff are continuing Dr. King’s legacy.