What’s in a holiday?: Service to others

By: Starr Davis

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With the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, it is appropriate that we take the time to pause to reflect upon how this holiday started and what it means to us today.

The late Mrs. Coretta Scott King led the campaign for her husband, the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be remembered soon after his assassination in April of 1968. It was voted down many times by the United States Congress, but Mrs. King and those who supported her mission continued to lobby members of Congress and the President of the United States. It took nearly eighteen years for it to become a federal holiday in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan signed it into law. It is a holiday of service.

The question is what does Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to us at Andrews Academy today?

Brianna Moore, an AA senior, said “It’s a day for us to reflect upon what Dr. King Jr. has done for equality and to remind us of how his actions have greatly changed America. Dr King would probably be very proud to see what he started if he were alive today.”

Malachi Regis, an AA junior, said “MLK day to me marks a day in history where one man started a movement that brought America closer to God’s will and what Heaven will look like.”

David Sherman Jr., an AA senior, said “MLK day is a reminder of the determination and strength that Dr. King had despite the obstacles and challenges that he faced. Dr. King had the courage to stand up for what he believed in, regardless of the consequences.

Brianna’s Malachi’s and David’s words help us to take a look at how our lives have become better for all of us, not only here at Andrews Academy, but all over this great nation.

As we celebrate the MLK Holiday this year, let us take the time to remember the opportunities and the privileges that we have today due to the work and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the many people from diverse backgrounds who stood with him. And most of all, let us all do something to serve others within our community on the MLK holiday – and each day.

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