On his way to receiving his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, Dr King stopped in London. At St. Paul’s Cathedral, he gave a sermon, adding to his long list of memorable speeches. Quoted here is an extract posted in the History Highlights section of the St. Paul’s website:
"If you can’t be a pine on the top of a hill Be a scrub in the valley - but be The best little scrub on the side of the hill, Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway just be a trail If you can’t be the sun be a star; It isn’t by size that you win or fail - Be the best of whatever you are. And when you do this, when you do this, you’ve mastered the length of life"
So here’s to the best little scrubs in all of us, a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to salute Dr King’s extraordinary civil rights efforts in enhancing humanity, and to applaud his non-violent yet effective strategy towards attaining racial equality. And here’s also to those who fought to have the day recognized as a national holiday. I was a first-grader returning to Japan from New York when Dr King was assassinated and then a mother with two toddlers of my own by the time the last state in the US finally saw fit to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday.
There is still a lot that needs doing to achieve real racial equality. As Dr King considered his Nobel Peace Prize a commission for spreading justice beyond national boundaries, he’ll want us to fight on this and every weekend in the MLK army of love.
Enjoy your Martin Luther King’s Day weekend!