There is no question that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential people of our time. Long after his death, his words of wisdom linger on and are just as relevant today as when he wrote them nearly 50 years ago.
As we begin a new year his question, “what are you doing for others” may resonate with you. Perhaps you’ve made a list of resolutions and one of them is to become more involved in your local community or maybe you have wanted to give back for a while, but don’t know how to get started.
Maybe you can draw some inspiration from the prophetic and encouraging words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself. Check out this list of some of his most popular quotes:
- “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
- “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
- “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
- “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
- “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
- “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.”
- “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
- “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”
- “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
- “We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”
- “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
- “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
- “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
- “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
- “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
- “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
- “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
It wasn’t so long ago that the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. While we’ve made strides as a nation we still have a long way to go. Think about what you can do to help others and progress the dream of this incredible visionary. Let’s all do our part to honor the life and legacy of MLK. If you see a need – meet the need.
If you’re looking for a way to give back and you’d like to volunteer your time the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee will be hosting their MLK Day of Service on January 16th. This is a great opportunity to work alongside your neighbors, family, and friends and give back to the local community. Volunteers are needed and are encouraged to come out in force to show what can be done when we work together to achieve our goals. Interested community members will convene at the Ezell Hester Community Center, located at 1901 N Seacrest Blvd., starting at 7:30 AM. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to hear from you about how you’re connecting with others in Boynton Beach. Connect with us on social with the #DFO (doing for others) to share your stories.
Join us all month as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with several events throughout Boynton Beach.
3rd Annual MLK Parade
On Seacrest Blvd. between Ocean Ave. & MLK Blvd.
Celebration of Unity
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (directly following the MLK Parade)
Sara Sims Park – 209 NW 9th Ct.
Celebration Gala (Tickets Available)
1730 N. Federal Hwy.
MLK Day of Service
Ezell Hester Community Center
1901 N. Seacrest Blvd.
Music on the Rocks – Featuring Spred the Dub
6:00 PM – Food Truck Invasion
7:00 PM – Concert Starts
129 East Ocean Ave.