As we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this past weekend, I began to think about some of the adversities our nation has overcome: from enslaved African Americans who were treated as property, to individuals with disabilities who were shunned away in their homes because they looked different, to people of all religions who couldn’t freely practice their faith without fear of being attacked.
Regardless of who we are or where we come from, we all have something to contribute to society. Dr. King was not afraid to be an advocate for change or to be the voice for the voiceless. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King is, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” When one suffers, we all suffer.
We all suffered when nine lives were lost at Emanuel AME Church last June. Yet, even through the sadness, our community stood hand-in-hand on the Cooper River Bridge to show solidarity and create a bridge of hope. Dr. King’s vision of unity continues to be alive and well and his dream is being put into action.
I believe Dr. King would be proud and excited for the future of our nation. As this past weekend has shown, people all around our country paraded up and down streets promoting love and kindness for everyone.
Here, in Charleston, the esteemed Lowcountry Voices performed “Shed a Little Light: A Concert Honoring the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” The sanctuary was filled at St. Matthew Baptist Church Saturday evening where the choir sang traditional gospel hymns and spirituals to inspire us all to make a difference.