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Taking time to reflect on King's legacy

January 15, 2011

A "day on" rather than a "day off" — at least that's the idea local organizers of the annual march held to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are calling the holiday. And that's the take most celebrants of the holiday will have Monday throughout the country.

This marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing King and the Corporation of National and Community Service is calling on all Americans to honor Dr. King's memory by being of service.

Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others.'"

Each year, people all across the country answer than question by coming together on the King holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

And while there's no question that many Big Spring residents spend a considerable amount of time being of service in some form or another, there's no doubt that it would be a wonderful thing if all of us managed to be of service in some fashion Monday. Imagine what could be accomplished!

To be honest, the thought is kind of mind-boggling. But wouldn't it be nice if all of us, even if only for a couple of minutes, found a way of helping others for just a day?

We think so. That's why we're encouraging everyone to use the day to do some good in the community. You can go to one of the nursing homes and just visit with the elderly, or do something right there in your neighborhood. Don’t just sit in front of the television that Monday. Get out and make a difference in our community.

Born Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated April 4, 1968, Dr. King’s legacy lives on. Many men and women have been civil rights leaders — leaders for all people — through the years, fighting for the simple right to live as equals among others. However, no one captured the nation’s heart as well and eloquently as did Martin Luther King Jr.

As always, we encourage readers to participate in Monday’s observances and to take time to reflect on how the efforts of Dr. King and others have made our nation a better place.

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