Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
It’s amazing to think how far we have come as a nation; but how far we have yet to go to realize King’s dream.
My grandparents grew up in a segregated America.
My parents were in high school when integration began and have the stories to tell of that time in our history.
My children are thankfully not growing up in a time when there are separate schools and water fountains. But they are growing up in an age devoid of such hatred?
I would like to think so, however I’m afraid we still have a long way to go before we begin to approach an era of equality. The recent images of a woman at a political rally being escorted out because of a silent protest rang eerily familiar to scenes which took place at lunch counters across our country. Where would we be as a nation had the Friendship Nine not sat in at McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina?
But I am hopeful.
Because in the end, love wins.