Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 | 2:02 a.m.
Regarding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message:
As our nation reflects on our civil liberties, our freedoms shared across the country and across all cultures, we must remember the message that speaks of tolerance and even acceptance of one another’s differences of this great nation of the world’s peoples. Dr. King admonished us to not judge a person by the color of their skin but judge by the “content of their character.” Change was brought about through peaceful and lawful resistance until the spirit, will, and law of the land and Americans was manifested.
This is a time to examine what we are about. Along with Dr. King’s message, President John F. Kennedy urged us as Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” The people of the United States are called to be citizens of action, not complacency. It is time to ask for all people who dwell within our nation’s borders to do the right thing while enjoying our American freedoms.