Each year I like to check out the atmosphere of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday spirit. For those who are unaware, Dr. King believed in non violent protests to end discrimination. Even though he knew he was a marked man for assassination, he still marched on to set people free. His voice was majestic, and he had words that that could reach through to your inner soul. There are still people to this day who don’t believe his birthday should be recognized as a national holiday. Those people are the “exact reasons” why his birthday should be recognized. People have actually asked me why. I simply told them that any person who can “change the way the nation thinks and acts for the betterment of us all should be considered worthy of a holiday in his or her name.” Before King, there was segregation… lots of it… People had different restrooms, different seats on the bus, and even different water fountains. Rather than form a violent revolution, King set off to stage non violent protests. Often his people were met by police with firehoses and dogs. They were arrested and disrespected in the highest manner. King managed to get equality for those who had been discriminated against. While we still have a ways to go, there has been significant improvement. For the past 8 years we have had an African American President, which NEVER would have happened if it had not been for Martin Luther King. For those who still don’t understand I invite them to Google the speeches of Martin Luther King. My father, Elton Jolly, was good friends with him and his wife Coretta. While racism is not considered to be a popular topic that most people care to talk about, it should never be ignored. As long as it still exists in ANY form or fashion then there will always be a need to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jerry Butler (“Your precious love”) with Brett Jolly in concert