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Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is still remembered

A photo of a photo, from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
A photo of a photo, from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
By Matt Lemmon (mattlemmon on Flicr)

Once again, the opportunity presents itself to pause and reflect on the life and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). Hopefully children will not spend the extra time today playing video games, and parents will gather their children around to contemplate and discuss the progress this country has made over the last four decades and Dr. King's part in it. Most importantly, they should discuss the reasons why he is still remembered.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived a life of principles

Dr. King lived congruently with principles which have withstood the expanse of time and eternity. He was a wise and ambitious man who could have chosen any field of interest and been successful. He could have sought to bask in earthly pleasures alone and, he would have been highly compensated. In his life that was cut short all too soon, he chose to put his fellowman above his own personal interests. In just thirty-nine years before he was gunned down, he made a mark in this world, and his legacy lives on.

Leave your own legacy

The principles he so eloquently presented and cherished could find their way into the hearts of people every race and every religion of any stature. Every conscious person born to this earth has the capacity to leave a lasting legacy. Living by sound principles make good men great, and their memories become forever etched in the hearts and minds of family, friends, and strangers. This world still has a long way to go. Each person can literally take up a worthy cause worth working toward and leave their own personal legacy for future generations.

Some ways to emulate Dr. King

Consider some of the sound principles which helped Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. champion the cause of civil rights. You can listen to the speeches from which these excerpts were taken here: Lessons about freedom from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. This country needs to become more loving and compassionate.

2. Do not make empty promises. Show integrity. People are depending on you.

3. Be more optimistic and less pessimistic. Find the good in all people and in every situation.

4. Have faith in the future. Everything will all work out.

5. Know where to turn for peace.

6. Do not prejudge people of different races.

7. Do not return violence for violence.

8. Live a live of moral excellence

9. Everybody can serve.

10. Believe in yourself. Cherish your heritage.

11. God watches over all.

Moral excellence

One of the principles which has drastically declined in popularity since the days of Dr. King is moral excellence. The decline of moral excellence has been at the forefront of the disintegration of the fall of every civilization. The absence of personal moral excellence can be contagious, and is evident in how people treat each other and the lack of self-respect they show themselves.

No person who totally disregards the basic principles of moral excellence will enjoy a life of ultimate joy or success. At the root of every worthy accomplishment of Dr. King was moral excellence. With it, he forged an undying legacy. How will you be remembered?

What's happening in Columbia today to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday? See King rally details; Columbia Street closings from The State.

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