History has inspired us. Of course, history has also inspired us to go in different directions as well. The people we used to honor seem a little more tainted today than they were years ago. For example, Christopher Columbus was designated as the man who discovered America. After reading up on him, it was determined that he didn’t discover America at all. There were people already here when he arrived. That is why some people celebrate his birthday as a holiday while others don’t. The same can be said for others that we honor. Some people will give different views on honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King. They have their own reasons for not acknowledging the holiday. My father, Elton Jolly, was good friends with King. I learned certain things from my father about him that a lot of other people don’t know. While King may not have been a saint, very few of us are (In other words, no one is perfect). The thing that made Martin so special was the way he united people through the concept of peace to get objectives accomplished. King didn’t believe in going to war or hurting anyone. King changed the way people thought, and that (in my opinion) makes him worthy of a legal holiday. If not for King, people will still have separate bathrooms, separate wages, and separate conditions. The most prophetic thing about King was that he “knew” he was a marked man. He wanted to see the Promise land with us, but he knew that the reverberations of hate would gun him down. Despite all of this, King drove on. He didn’t back down and disappear like some others. I think the true measure of a man comes with how he follows up on what he believes. If he is willing to go to his death for his ideals then that makes him worthy in my book (as long as it is a moral and legal concept). Happy King Day to you all, whether you celebrate it or not. Peace is something that I think we all deserve. Please make the most of it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Al Sharpton and Dick Gregory onstage with Brett Jolly on bass