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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A testament to hope and service

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, of course, is the birthdate of one of America’s (and the world’s, for that matter) iconic leaders.  We “officially” celebrate it tomorrow, but today is the actual date.  He would have been 88.

Having grown up during the tumultuous times in which he lived and died, I was profoundly affected by his words – both so eloquently spoken and his many written works.  While each and every piece by King deserves a mention, the 1986 book, A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches is one I highly commend to all.

This collection outlines MLK's views on capitalism, poverty, military campaigns, social policies, Black nationalism and much more.  They are writings and thoughts that remain relevant as we face many of the same social and political challenges, providing a road map for each of us to follow. 

“We are not makers of history,” King wrote.                         
   “We are made by history.”

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