An ordinary man with an extraordinary legacy

Today back in 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born.

He was born in a family with high expectations, just like us. He went to college and succeeded, just like us. He met and fell in love with a soulmate and he got married, just like us. He started a family and loved them, just like us. He also fought for change, just like we can.

Dr. King was just like us. He was a regular guy with a family, with friends, with challenges, successes, fears, hopes and dreams. It’s just he decided to stand up for a cause when others were too afraid. I’m sure he was scared too — who wouldn’t be? I’m sure he was fearful for his family and the danger he put them in but they still stood by him. And he, Martin, became the regular man, that we honor every January.

And I’m glad we do.

His life, his journey, his legacy, should be a reminded to all of us that we can all make a difference. We are all just like Martin. We are regular people who can make an incredible difference. No it doesn’t have to be at the forefront of a major movement but it can just be little things — Volunteering a youth center, teaching in the schools, being a good samaritan, we can all be like Dr. King.

That is why I’m glad that I had the opportunity to work with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at UNC. It was something that I didn’t intend to find, it more found me and I’m really grateful that it did.

As the annual MLK Banquet Coordinator for two years, I had the opportunity to plan a banquet that not only honored MLK and his dream but really showcased what diversity really means in Chapel Hill. It was one of the few events I ever attended during my four years at UNC that brought together people of all races, all ethnics groups, all religious backgrounds to honor a man who was just like us…a man with a dream.

And it’s a little weird not being in Chapel Hill tonight attend this banquet and see this gathering of young and old; black, white, brown, tan, etc; Baptist, Christian, Jewish, it was all there and it really was an honor to have had that experience.

But at the end of the day, it always reminds me that we are all regular people with extraordinary dreams that will become legendary…we just have to believe and take a stand. I still working on my extraordinary dream but I know that it’ll happen….one day!

So today on Dr. King’s birthday, remember what he did, remember that he was just like you and me, he had fears and doubts but he also had DREAMS that we just so much bigger. And on the eve of his national holiday, remember that his is the only non-politician, non-President with a National holiday and a National monument — that should be plenty inspiration that we can all achieve great things.

Happy birthday Dr. King and thanks for all you did!

Until next time,

KG

P.S. This is post #155 — Holla, I’m on my way to 200 easily! Woot Woot!

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