January 15th, the Monday after January 15th, April 3rd, April 4th, and August 28th are dates that are usually associated when discussing and researching the life and history of a certain Baptist minister who is born in Atlanta, completed his undergraduate studies in his hometown, ventured to Boston (MA) for his graduate study, and made venues such as Montgomery and Chicago his places of residence. Combined with his presence in areas across the country, including memorable discussions on the human condition in places such as Washington, DC, Memphis, TN, and even Oslo, Norway, people are very familiar with a person whose 5'7" frame is more legendary and gigantic than most others of the 20th century.
However, as the dates come and go, what of his most memorable and pressing charge, which is to provide stewardship and outreach to others? Is it just a notable speech, or a passing Dream?
Consider revisiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, both the center for Nonviolent Social Change, as well as the National Historic Site. Not only do they both provide opportunities to revisit history, but it can provide a means to further discover the importance and relevance of social action, ranging from ethnic, class, and other interrelated issues.
Established shortly after King's assassination in 1968, the center provides access to some key and critical resources. Ranging from access to archives (which include key documents and other intellectual property) to classes and series in regards to the application of the Kingian philosophy for the use of nonviolent methods of conflict resolution, it can be a steady resource for multiple demographics within the broad spectrum of the Atlanta and surrounding community.
The Historic Site provides a means in which further exploration can take place regarding the life of King, juxtaposed with the larger historical and present day context regarding the Civil Rights Era. Access to the birth home of Dr. King, multiple montages and documentary (video) in the actual Parks and Recreation Center, combined with getting a sense of the atmosphere and presence of the legendary Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church provide patrons another means of understanding the role of stewardship and community investment.
With free access to the overwhelming majority of the services provided at both venues, patrons of the center and site are able to do more than just learn about the man and his mission. Combined with learning opportunities to employ multiple methods in regards to interpersonal relations, community relations, and interrelated central community areas of concern including economic development and equitable access to resources ranging from health to even the bedrock of civil rights, patrons are able to rediscover the essence of King's Dream.
Instead of viewing it as a speech of optimism and perhaps grounded in fantasy, doing so in a different manner can provide a more concrete application of its true meaning, allowing individuals young and old to make their communities, and the lives of those within them, a better place.
Review, relive, and rediscover today.