Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his Day

The holiday that memorializes the civil rights activist that helped conquer all

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his Day

Dr. King addressing a crowd

Dr. King addressing a crowd

Photo by Agence France Press

Dr. King addressing a crowd

Photo by Agence France Press

Photo by Agence France Press

Dr. King addressing a crowd

Emma Brisbois, Managing Editor

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January 21, 2019– The sixties was a time of revolutionary actions, we attempted to conquer the stigma around women, sexuality, and turned the tides for race. While all of these things still tend to be issues in today’s society, we can thank the 1960’s for being a decade of new thinking.

We can also thank Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a non-violent protest aficionado, preacher, and civil-rights activist. Every year, on the third Monday in January, we celebrate the career, achievements, and message that Dr. King was able to spread throughout his life, which was tragically cut much too short.

Although this day might feel like a fun day off of school and work, many people use this day as a day of remembrance, as well as a day of service. Thousands of people around the country use today as a way to get out and give back to the community. Whether it be cleaning up trash, helping out at a humane society, or volunteering at an assisted living center, there are many ways that anyone can give back to their community.

What many people don’t know, is that today, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, is actually meant to be a day that one can dedicate themselves to bettering their community. This goes hand in hand with our Skutt Catholic motto of “empowering others, promoting justice, and initiating change” and is a fantastic way to live your truth out in your community.

If you didn’t get the chance to volunteer, you can always find a way to better your community, there doesn’t have to be a designated day. After all, Dr. King advocated for constant peace and justice being spread, no matter what day of the year it is.

Emma Brisbois

Emma joined The Flightline in August of 2017. She is a senior this year, involved in cheerleading and show choir. Outside of school, she enjoys going to concerts, playing the piano and hanging out with friends. You can email her at [email protected]