JANUARY 19, 2015

It was eighty-six years ago that an honorable african-american boy was born to the world during a devastating time for black men and women in america. At the time, his mother probably had little knowledge of the type of hero that would become of her then young son. With Black History Month just around the corner, today is the celebratory day of remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a national holiday revered amongst the hearts of those americans that hold humanity dear to their hearts.

Though the words of his “I Have a Dream” speech still echo in the ears of mankind, and his strong and powerful activism during the civil rights movement helped shape the colorful world we see today, issues of such segregation are still seen in our society, and not only when dealing within the regions of race. Unfortunately, it is not only the african-americans suffering through similar acts of violence and hatred.

Today we see awful religious groups claiming to be of faith while spewing out vile words of disgust for their fellow man. From Muslims to Jews to Christians—all religions built on the foundation of love for all mankind—still we see so-called followers of the faith exceeding all bounds of humanity.

With the ISIS “crisis”, we see a corrupt group that desires to alter the teachings of Islam in order to gain political power. With vicious, unjustified murders, they hope to change the teachings that declare,


whoso saved a life, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.”

This verse is found in their holy book, The Quran, chapter five, right after it condemns the killing of the innocent.

Seldom do I walk down a crowded city street, or walk amongst the people of a busy festival, and do not hear the harsh and putrid words of a man that claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ, yet he spits out words of hatred through a microphone for those who choose a different faith. I do believe Martin Luther King would be rolling in his grave, as he claimed,


Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

How eloquently put by the Christian man we are celebrating today.

And what better way to show the sickness that has grown in the hearts of mankind, plaguing pure teachings then to remember last years atrocities between Israel and Palestine—atrocities that still go on today. Did not Moses come with the commandment,

Thou shall not kill?”

I hope on this day we all remember what we are celebrating, not only the history of civil rights and Dr. Martin Luther King’s stand against violence, hatred, and intolerance towards the african race, but his fight to stop segregation.

Mankind may be created different from one to another, and from one to another we may take different beliefs, but we should celebrate our differences by recognizing our similarities—we should celebrate one another, at least on this day.

In the words of the King,

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

In 1963 Martin Luther King had a dream, today I have a dream: That all people, of all races and all religions, join together on the same team, and run hatred and violence out of our streets.

Posted by:Laila Ann Johnson

Love for all, hatred for none | Published Author | Female Empowerment Coach | Creator of "The Warrior of Love" Podcast