Ninety-three years ago today, on January 15, 1929, a manchild was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and would grow up to become one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister in the south, became the most visible spokesperson who voiced having a dream for equality just like the multitudes he led during that time.
While this was a time I remember but never fully understood growing up, we were taught many cautionary truths about the breadth and depth of the civil rights messages during this time. I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where it is no secret that the city I call home was the main port where most slaves were shipped to and sold. After completing my maternal ancestral tree in 2020, I was humbled to learn how the survival of my ancestors brought me to this place where I am now. I owe it to them to do better and leave contributions to society and our family that would make this world better than when I was born.
We are still children in this world, regardless of how old we may be, where we’re from, or what we look like. We are still learning, growing, and progressing. Each of us has a unique gift and talent to help us make this world a better place. As we look in the mirror, we are not the same as we were yesterday. It is my prayer that as I look at this woman in the mirror, I challenge myself to make whatever changes I need to make to do better and be better because I realize I don’t have time to waste. So, if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make that change. We may not be a Martin Luther King, Jr., but we can be a catalyst of encouragement, good change, and empowerment to do the right thing by being a better “us” for a better world.