This Friday marks the beginning of the MLK celebration weekend.
Today thousands of people are celebrating the birthday of a great African-American minister and activist who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement.
Numerous celebrations, meetings, marches and events have already begun in honor of MLK.
Martin Luther’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill it to set aside the third Monday in January to remember the civil rights pioneer and Atlanta native.
In 1966 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a hearty speech about his dream. “We are tired of living in rat-infested slums,” he said. “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children.”
It’s sad to acknowledge that no matter how hard MLK tried to bring peace and freedom to his brothers and sisters his dream is yet to come true.