It is no small task to speak with the community onthisday when we celebratethe birth, life andlegacyof Martin Luther King, Jr.For this isadayof conscienceand memory. Onthis dayhistory and hope converge. On this day, ourpast is measured againstour progress. On this day, we are answerable to Dr. King and to his dream.
The challenge and burden of this day remain pressing in our lives. Unfortunately,there are still people out therewhostubbornlycling to perverse andignorant notions...peoplewhoclutchdesperatelythe prejudicesof thepast; benighted people who believe that outmoded attitudes, Neanderthal notions and insupportable behaviors made obsolete a long time ago, still describe our society and define our culture. Hard as they may try, even these doltishsouls cannotdiscount, disregard, evade or ignoretheefficacyand inevitability ofDr. King’slife and work. Ultimately, these folkand their descendants willbe defeated by the truth. They willcapitulate to the inexorable currents of history, surrendering to a societythat rejects fully their bigotry and condemns unequivocally their racism.They will be overtaken by their own obsolescence! But today, this daywe celebrate the life of Dr. King,and thank God forthepower of his example and corrective passion of his dream.